Sex offender charged with possession of explicit material
Rockland — A 52-year-old Monmouth man, in court Sept. 23 being sentenced for violating the sex offender registry act, failed to notify the district attorney's office of a new charge for possession of sexually explicit material involving children.
An agreement made last year between the state and Carrol E. Cooper Jr. was if he pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to comply with the registry act, and did not commit new crimes, the charge would be reduced and he would serve a lesser sentence.
Justice Jeffrey Hjelm initially agreed to amend the charge against Cooper to a misdemeanor offense. In the courtroom, Cooper asked for an already agreed to 14 day sentence be imposed after Oct. 8 so he could take care of a another court matter.
Initially, it was believed Cooper had refrained from illegal activity for one year in order to receive the 14 day sentence. Justice Hjelm changed his order not to amend the charge after learning of the new charge from a Kennebec County case.
A new hearing will be scheduled to give state time to review the new charge.
Cooper's attorney, Randy Robinson of Portland, objected to the change because, he said, Cooper has only been charged, not convicted with a new crime.
in 1998, Cooper was convicted in Kennebec County Superior Court of gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact with a victim under the age of 14, according to the state's website. He is required to register for the rest of his life on the sex offender registry.
Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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