BANGOR, Maine — James Cameron, 48, of Hallowell read the following statement to U.S. District Judge John Woodcock on Thursday shortly before the judge sentenced Cameron to 16 years in federal prison on child pornography charges.

The statement was provided to the Bangor Daily News by Cameron’s attorney, Michael Cunniff of Portland, after the sentencing hearing concluded.

“First, I want to say that I am very sorry for the pain and disappointment that this has caused my family, friends, and colleagues. I am here because of my own actions.

“I fully accept the fact that I have been found guilty. No matter what anyone may think, the court has found me guilty. There is no other meaning of the word guilty. I am guilty and I stand here ready to face punishment with the greatest respect for the judicial process. That said, I am deeply ashamed of myself and offer no excuses for my conduct.

“I also want to say that I am deeply sorry for the loss and pain suffered by all victims of sexual abuse. During my career I have seen the results of this appalling exploitation first hand.

“If anyone who read or knows about this case feels that my punishment is retribution for their suffering, my punishment will have served a greater purpose.

“Therefore, I accept my punishment in the hope that this may lead to redemption.

“It is written that: There is nothing secret that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.

“I have now seen this to be true. It has now happened to me. Whatever I have said in the darkness was heard in the light, and what was whispered by me behind closed doors has been shouted from the rooftops.

“It is a fact of life that there are no secrets that will not be revealed in time, if only to ourselves. No one can escape this responsibility.

“Taking responsibility means accepting the harsh scrutiny of my actions. I am here today to take that responsibility.

“When my punishment is completed and my sentence is served I know that what I can expect from my life will be greatly diminished. But I now realize that what I can expect from life is not important and never was. What is important is what life expects from me. Everyday I will ask myself this question for the rest of my life.”