HOULTON, Maine — A Houlton man and local hockey coach has been arrested for alleged possession of sexually explicit materials of a minor under age 12 after police located him in Skowhegan.

Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin said Tuesday that Peter F. Alden, 33, was arrested on the Class C charge on Monday by the Skowhegan Police Department.

According to Asselin, the investigation was initiated on July 2 as a result of a referral from the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital in Augusta. A hospital staff person indicated that Alden may have had a sexual encounter with an underage female.

Police are not disclosing the age of the victim or any details relating to the alleged sexual encounter.

As a result of information obtained by Houlton Detective Kris Calaman during the investigation, a search warrant was prepared and police subsequently seized Alden’s cellphone, an iPod and a laptop computer.

The devices later were transferred to Detective William Scull of the Presque Isle Police Department for forensic analysis.

Police indicate that there were numerous sexually provocative images of female children under the age of 12 found on the iPod. Many of the images would be viewed as either child erotica or child pornography, according to Asselin.

Shortly after he left the veteran’s hospital, Alden entered a men’s shelter in Skowhegan.

Originally from Cape Cod, Mass., Alden moved to Houlton approximately eleven months ago and resided on River Street.

While living in Houlton, Alden worked for Steelstone Industries for a short period of time and coached youth hockey.

Detective Kris Calaman and Officer Ezekiel Collins of the Houlton Police Department are the primary investigating officers on the case.