Federal judge convicts Northeast Harbor man for failure to register as a sex offender



BANGOR — A federal district court judge has convicted a Northeast Harbor man for failing to register as a sex offender following a half-day bench trial on Aug. 2, Acting U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark announced.

The evidence at trial revealed that in 2016, Jack Palmer, 70, was convicted in federal court in Bangor of possessing child pornography. As a result of that conviction, Palmer was required to register as a sex offender in Maine as a condition of his release and to update that registration within three days if he changed residences. In November 2020, Palmer moved from Portland to Northeast Harbor and failed to notify the Maine Sex Offender Registry. He was living at the Northeast Harbor residence at the time of his arrest in April.

Palmer faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

The United States Marshals Service and the Bar Harbor/Mount Desert Police Department investigated the case.

Faith DeAmbrose

Faith DeAmbrose

Managing Editor at Mount Desert Islander

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