ELLSWORTH — The former pastor of a Tremont church is under investigation for possession and dissemination of child pornography, according to a state police affidavit for a search warrant executed in January at his Southwest Harbor home.
Members of the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit executed the search warrant at the Ridge Acres Lane home of Wayne Buchanan on Jan. 6, seizing computers, thumb drives and a memory card. Police began their investigation on Dec. 27, after a detective identified a particular computer “making available” files that previously had been identified as child pornography, the affidavit states. Detectives later determined that Buchanan was the subscriber at that Internet address.
Buchanan has not been charged with any crime.
In the affidavit, Detective David Armstrong states another detective downloaded “numerous sexually explicit images” from what later was found to be Buchanan’s computer. That development led Assistant Attorney General Paul Rucha to issue a grand jury subpoena to identify the subscriber at that Internet address.
Buchanan was pastor of the Tremont Congregational Church and St. Brendan’s Anglican Mission. He resigned on Jan. 7. At the time, the Rt. Rev. Julian Dobbs, diocesan bishop of the Convocation of Anglican Church in North America, issued a statement.
“In January, law enforcement contacted Dr. Buchanan regarding a matter unrelated to his ministry as a pastor,” Dobbs wrote.
Buchanan, Dobbs continued, has been “removed from his holy orders in the Anglican Church by action of the bishop according to the canons of the church and no longer is a member of the Anglican clergy.”
Buchanan, according to published reports, was active in boy scouting and at one time was president of the Katahdin Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.