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Bangor man receives largest sentence for a sex offense

7:48 PM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
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Terrence Pinkham at his sentencing for sexually assaulting a 7 year old boy.

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- A Bangor man will spend thirty years behind bars for sexually assaulting a then 7-year old boy. Terrence Pinkham, 28, plead guilty to five counts of gross sexual assault and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Deputy District Attorney Mike Roberts with Penobscot County said, "This is the largest sentence we've received in Penobscot County for a sex offense. It reflex the severity of the crimes and also reflects that over the years the legislature has made it clear to the courts that they are to take these cases more seriously."

According to the police investigation, Pinkham along with his girlfriend Katie Dube both engaged in sexual acts with the minor and photographed it with their cell phone. A family friend saw explicit photos of the minor on Pinkham's cell phone and turned it into Brewer police. The minimum sentence for these class A felonies is 20 years. The judge agreed, given the nature of the crime and Pinkham's relationship with the minor that his sentence would be longer. The Bangor resident will spend 30 years behind bars followed by 15 years of supervised release.

Pinkham's defense attorney Aaron Fethke said, "Terrence, my client, did a bad thing. Today he did the right thing and accepted responsibility for it. There were certainly negotiations back and forth about what we thought was fair and what the court would accept. Like I said in court, we thought this was a fair sentence."

Roberts said, "He's 28 years old. By the time he gets out of jail he should be well into his fifties and then with 15 years of supervised release he wont be a threat to the community again."

Pinkham will not be allowed to have any contact with the minor and will need to register on the adult sexual offenders list for the rest of his life.

Katie Dube received a 23 year sentence in January.

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