November 19, 2012

James Cameron escape timeline


* April 2008: Fired from his job as an assistant state attorney general, where he served as state's top drug-crimes prosecutor.

* Feb. 11, 2009: Indicted by a federal grand jury on 16 counts of transporting, receiving and possessing child pornography between July 2006 and January 2008.

* Aug. 23, 2010: Convicted of 13 counts of transportation, receipt and possession of child pornography.

* March 11, 2011: Sentenced to 16 years in prison.

* Aug. 11, 2011: Released from prison after the First Circuit Court of Appeals suggests that a change in law generated "exceptional reasons why (Cameron's) detention would not be appropriate."

* Nov. 14, 2012: At 3:24 p.m., the First Circuit Court of Appeals releases its decision upholding seven of 13 convictions including transportation, receipt and possession of child pornography. That afternoon Cameron visits his ex-wife, Barbara Cameron, and their teenage son in Hallowell. Cameron tells his son he is going back to prison.

* 8:05 p.m., Cameron arrives at his Rome home.

* 8:33 p.m., Cameron uses his laptop computer to view the Internet for the final time.

* Nov. 15, 2012: At 12:46 a.m., the location monitoring device Cameron is required to wear indicates an unauthorized departure from the home.

* 1:30 a.m., the location monitoring device attempted to connect with the monitoring center to transmit activity information and was unable to do so, resulting in a "missed call entry in the device log."

* 1:47 a.m., federal probation officers receive a report of the missed call and try to call him on his home and cellphones. There is no answer.

* Between 7 and 8 a.m., probation officers again try to reach Cameron via telephone. There is again no answer.

* 10:30 a.m., probation officers and the Maine State Police visit Cameron's Rome home. He and his vehicle are gone. Cameron's cellphone is found inside the house, but the laptop computer is gone.

Source: staff research and court documents


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