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Posted by: | on December 19, 2015
An art teacher at Portland High School has been arrested on suspicion that he viewed child pornography on his home computer.
Gerald White, 44, of Freeport, was arrested Wednesday morning at the school and taken to the Cumberland County Jail, according to Maine State Police. He was released on $500 bail Wednesday afternoon, according to jail officials.
White has been charged with possessing sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 12, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Portland’s interim school superintendent, Jeanne Crocker, said the district only learned of White’s arrest Wednesday morning when he was taken into custody.
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Posted by: | on February 5, 2015
Portland police chief wants to add 9 analysts, tech support jobs to help with body camera program, use of force audits
Powered by Max Banner Ads An outside consultant has found that the Portland Police Bureau’s 930-member force is understaffed by at least 24 people, including officers, detectives and sergeants. Officers’ average response time to emergency calls is slowing, expected to exceed the bureau’s five-minute goal by 50 seconds by the end of the current fiscal year. And the bureau’s rate of clearing violent crimes and property crimes is low: 40 percent for crimes against people and 14 percent for property crimes. Portland’s new police chief cited all those factors in his proposed $181 million budget, seeking nine new full-time positions costing $835,570 for the new fiscal year that begins in July. But the positions aren’t for uniformed officers. They’re for crime analysts and civilian technical support hires. The budget proposal requests money for six crime analysts to examine and compile reports on traffic stop data and do audits of police use of force required to comply with the city’s settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The settlement followed a 2012 federal investigation that found police engaged in a pattern of excessive force against people with mental illness. The bureau is seeking another three technical support positions – a digital media […]
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