SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

July 11, 2013

Child porn conviction leads to discovery of old Salem warrant

BY JULIE MANGANIS
STAFF WRITER

---- — SALEM — A former Lynn man who disappeared after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in Salem a decade ago is facing trial next month, after he turned up in Maine, when police there charged him with possessing child pornography.

James Wiebe, 47, was charged with two counts of indecent assault and battery back in 2003, after a Salem woman said he touched her chest and rubbed his genitals against her while at an apartment in Salem, according to police reports.

But while a complaint was issued against Wiebe, a notice for him to appear in court was returned as “undeliverable,” and a warrant was issued.

In 2006, police in Portland, Maine, charged Wiebe with two counts of possessing child pornography. He was convicted the following year.

It was as he was about to be released last year that the old Salem warrant turned up. He was eventually handed over to Massachusetts authorities and has been held at the Middleton Jail, awaiting trial.

His trial is scheduled for Aug. 1 in Salem District Court.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.