A 59-year-old Thomaston man was arrested May 5, accused of possessing child pornography.

Laurent H. Morin was charged with Class C possession of sexually explicit material of someone younger than 12 years old. He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland and is scheduled make his initial appearance May 7 in the Knox County court.

His arrest came a little more than two months after the State Police Computer Crimes Unit seized four electronic devices from him during a search of his residence in Thomaston Feb. 26.

According to an affidavit filed by state police with the court, the investigation began Feb. 15 when the computer crimes unit received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The center is a non-profit organization that provides services to families and professionals related to the abduction and sexual exploitation of children. The center also operates the cyber tip line to assist law enforcement officers.

The investigation showed that a user had uploaded nine image and video files from Jan. 18 through Jan. 20 of children being sexually exploited, according to the state police affidavit filed in the court to obtain the search warrant.

A subpoena was issued and Spectrum identified the IP address of the user as a residence on Beechwood Street in Thomaston.

The affidavit also pointed out that the investigation showed an email address of the account involving the child pornography had the similar name to the car owner who was at the residence when an officer took photographs outside of the home.

The affidavit noted Morin was convicted in Florida in 1993 for sexual assault of a child under 12 years old.

In 2007, Morin was charged in Knox County for gross sexual assault against a 5-year-old child in 2005. That charge was dismissed in 2008, after the child could not testify.

The affidavit stated Morin, when questioned about the Florida conviction during the February search, claimed the girl was 17 and he did not touch her. He also denied having touched the child in Maine.

When police seized his cellphones, hundreds of images of children were found, according to the affidavit.