FACT CHECK: Was The Lewiston Maine Mass Shooting Suspect Previously Arrested For Child Pornography?
An image shared on Facebook purports Robert R. Card, the alleged suspect behind a recent mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, was previously arrested for child pornography.
The post does not refer to the alleged shooter but rather Robert W. Card, who was arrested for possession and dissemination of child pornography back in 2016 when he was 32 years old, according to Central Maine.com.
Police are still searching for Robert R. Card, the man who is allegedly responsible for a recent mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, according to Reuters. Card is accused of killing 18 people and injuring 13 others at a bar and bowling alley, the outlet reported.
“A PEDO with an #assaultweaponsban wow FBI UPDATE Lewiston Maine Mass Shooting Suspect Robert Card Has Been Previously Arrested For Child Pornography & Is A Registered Sex Offender Who CAN NOT LEGALLY POSSESS A FIREARM!” the post’s caption purports. The post, which has been commented on over 300 times, includes what it claims is a mugshot of the alleged shooter.
The mugshot included in the post does not show the alleged shooter, however. Instead, the image shows Robert W. Card, who was arrested for possession and dissemination of child pornography back in 2016 when he was 32 years old, according to Central Maine.com. Card was charged with two counts of each offense, which involved children under 12 years old, the outlet indicated. The explicit images were found on Card’s computer. Card’s mugshot also appears in the article.
Likewise, the Lewiston, Maine Police Department released a photo of Robert R. Card, the alleged suspect behind the recent mass shooting, noting that his date of birth is April 4, 1983. The photo of Card does not bear any resemblance to that of Robert W. Card.
The Associated Press also reported that an “incorrect photo” of the alleged shooter had circulated on social media. (RELATED: Image Showing Atlanta Shooter Is Actually Man With Weedwhacker)
Card, who is 40 years old, is described as a firearms instructor and Army reservist who recently began “hearing voices,” according to NBC News.
Check Your Fact has contacted the Lewiston, Maine Police Department for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.