Bail Set for Eddington Day Care Operator Accused of Possessing Child Porn

Catherine Pegram

Updated 4 years ago

The man police say ran a home daycare in Eddington and downloaded child pornography on his computer remains in the Penobscot County Jail tonight.39-year-old Walter Ramsdell, III, is charged with possessing sexually explicit material.He made his first court appearance today in Bangor where a judge set bail for him at $1,000 cash. Gary Pelletier, who runs The Eddington Store, says he was surprised to hear about his neighbor’s arrest.”I know him very well. He’s just a very nice guy – he worked here 4-5 years ago as a cashier. Very reliable, just an all-around nice guy. It’s kind of shocking when you see that on TV or the radio.”State police picked up Walter Ramsdell Thursday at his home on Main Street, where he and his wife run the “Care-A-Lot” day care center. Investigators with the state’s computer crimes unit say they uncovered Ramsdell’s computer activities while monitoring a network where child pornography is shared. Sargeant Glenn Lang says “The targets in these cases come from all walks of life. They’re not necessarily the dregs of society. They can be anybody. They’re often just your next door neighbor.”Penobscot County District Attorney Chris Almy says, “When they start researching people who have child porn and they discover somebody who’s in a position and has access to children who may be in a precarious position, they act very quickly.”Investigators say a handful of kids stay at the daycare, mostly before and after school, and it doesn’t appear any of them were hurt.But Lang adds, “We’re not ruling anything out. We’ve had people looking into that aspect of the situation since we started the investigation. We’ve got people interviewing the children, DHS licensing and Protective Services have been involved right from the beginning.”A parent of one of those children, who didn’t want to go on camera, says all of the families are upset but find consolation in the fact that none of them believe their children were abused. Pelletier says “I don’t think Walter would do anything to the kids. I really don’t. I think it’s just something that … why he got hung up on it, I don’t know.”Investigators also say they don’t believe Ramsdell’s wife was aware of what her husband’s accused of doing.Besides bail, Ramsdell also has a number of conditions of release, including no contact with any children under the age of 16. He cannot stay at his home or use a computer. And he’s only allowed to see his children during supervised visits.


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