Portland man indicted on 100-plus child porn charges

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PORTLAND — A city man faces a July 6 dispositional conference at Cumberland County Unified Criminal Docket after his June 10 indictment on 110 charges related to child pornography.

Glenn R. Strout, 53, of 139 Beverly St., was indicted on 22 counts of Class B dissemination of sexually explicit materials and 88 counts of Class C possession of sexually explicit materials. Both charges involve materials depicting children under the age of 12, according to Cumberland County grand jury documents.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt or innocence. It is a determination that there is enough evidence for a trial.

If convicted, Strout faces up to 10 years imprisonment for each Class B charge, five years imprisonment on each Class C charge and placement on the Maine Sex Offender Registry.

Strout was initially arrested Dec. 11, 2015, on a single charge of Class C possession of sexually explicit materials. His arrest came after an investigation by South Portland Police Detective Frank Stepnick, who also works with the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit.

Strout was released on $1,000 bail, on the condition that he not contact anyone under the age of 18. He is also not allowed to have any electronics, including computers or cells phones, according to court records.

Strout was arrested March 17 and charged with violating conditions of release after city police discovered a computer at his home. He pleaded not guilty to the charge, but furher court proceedings were delayed as authorities continued their investigation.

On June 16, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said Strout’s case was the largest of a statewide investigation in April and May that led to 12 arrests or indictments against residents of nine Maine communities.

McCausland said the investigation, called Operation Broken Heart III, was coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice and led to 35 search warrants getting served.

More arrests are expected, McCausland said.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.