Federal Charges For Maine School Worker In Exploitation Case

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged a Maine man with sexually exploiting a minor and transporting child pornography stemming from a case involving a Portland education technician.

Benjamin Conroy, 32, is accused of exploiting a 6-year-old autistic student at a Portland elementary school and then sending explicit images to a third person using a dating application, prosecutors said. They said he faces up to 30 years in prison for the top charge.

A date has not been set for Conroy's first court appearance, prosecutors said. Police arrested Conroy earlier this month.

A reporter's call to Conroy's phone number on Tuesday was not answered, and there was no lawyer listed for him in the federal case file.