Maine man accused of sexually abusing children flees to Texas, arrested, police say

(Waldo County Jail)
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 2:35 PM EST
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WINTERPORT, Maine (WMTW)— A Maine man accused of sexually abusing several children is in custody after fleeing to Texas, according to state police.

Maine State Police said Steven Mathis, 32, of Winterport, admitted to investigators that he abused children, uploaded images of the abuse to the internet and sent the images to several people.

Police said they seized an electronic device from Mathis that revealed evidence consistent with his confession to investigators.

During the investigation Mathis fled to Texas to avoid police, officials said.

State police said they coordinated with the FBI and law enforcement in Texas, and Mathis was located and arrested in Mathis, Texas, on Nov. 16.

Detectives traveled to Texas on Monday and brought Mathis back to Maine where he is being held at the Waldo County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and they are looking to determine if there were any more victims.

Officials said additional charges against Mathis are expected.

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