Good article by the Boston Herald concerning efforts being made to stop the controversial website backpage.com from publishing advertisements that have connections to the underground teenage sex trade.
An East Sandwich man has been sentenced to seven years in prison and eight years of supervised release for seven counts of possession and distribution of child pornography.
Bryce Garner, 23, was sentenced in a U.S. District Court last week after pleading guilty in April. He faced a maximum of 20 years. He will have to register as a sex offender when he is released.
Garner was arrested last June after FBI agents observed him distributing files containing child pornography over the internet. According to the FBI, Garner was found to have over 2,300 images and 1,100 videos “depicting the sexual abuse of children” as well as a “substantial collection of child erotica.” He was a “prolific trader” online, the FBI said. There was a 14 year old boy not related to Garner in his home at the time of his arrest, Cape News reported.
Police have arrested a Medford man and charged him with enticing a 12-year-old Mansfield girl to pose in the nude on the Internet.
Peter Campobasso, 30, of Medford was arrested around noon Friday by Mansfield and Medford detectives, who executed a search warrant at his 21 Vista Ave. home.
The arrest followed a two-week investigation triggered by a call from a concerned parent, Mansfield police said.
A Beverly man has pleaded guilty to selling child pornography on the Internet. Stanton Hager pleaded guilty to charges Tuesday in federal court in Boston.
He faces a maximum of 20 in prison at sentencing scheduled for April. He was ordered held without bail until then after prosecutors disclosed in court that they believe Hager has had sexual contact with children on a trip to Thailand.
The Salem News reports that even though the 67-year-old Hager lived in an apartment complex across the street from a middle school at this time of his arrest, investigators have not reported receiving any complaints of sexual misconduct in Beverly.
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A former longtime teacher at Episcopal Academy is facing a sexual abuse of children offense after child pornography was found on his home computer, according to a complaint filed Tuesday by Pennsylvania State Police.
Richard Perkins Smith, 65, of Middletown, is currently behind bars at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Massachusetts. He is awaiting trial on rape of a child, indecent assault and battery and related offenses involving the alleged assaults of four children at a Cape Cod summer camp 30 years ago. He was arrested on those offenses in April, and has pleaded not guilty to the allegations.
A West Brookfield, Mass., man with a prior child pornography conviction was sentenced Jan. 15 in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mass. The sentence is the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Massachusetts State Police.
Christopher Boucher, 44, had previously pleaded guilty to possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release with special conditions relating to convicted sex offenders.
In January 2012, Massachusetts State Police detectives executed a state search warrant at Boucher’s former residence in Ware, Mass., and seized a laptop that contained a video depicting multiple rapes of a young girl known as “Vicky.” Boucher then told the police that he used file-sharing programs on the Internet to obtain images of children from 12 to 15-years-old engaged in sexual acts. Boucher also stated that he used the e-Mule file-sharing program to download a child pornography video belonging to the Vicky series.
A former Newton elementary school teacher has been sentenced to 45 in federal prison for his involvement in an online child pornography forum whose members promoted sexual assault of children under 12 and used various techniques to evade law enforcement detection, according to prosecutors, and as reported by the Newton TAB and Boston Globe.
David Ettlinger, 35, of Brighton, Mass. was sentenced in a Louisiana federal court on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in August 2012 to the charge of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise in connection with his membership in the Dreamboard Child Exploitation bulletin board.
Ettlinger was also sentenced to lifetime supervision following the end of his prison term.
A child pornography investigation that began in Massachusetts has led to federal charges in Mississippi against a Georgia man accused of having sex with a girl who was 3 or 4 years old, according to a complaint filed Monday.
The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Miss., charges Marco Laquin Rogers, 26, of Atlanta, with sexual exploitation of a child.
The complaint says a child pornography investigation and the Sept. 6 arrest of another man, Jeremy Atral Hodges, 25, of Cambridge, Mass., led authorities to Rogers.
A Boston Children’s Hospital endocrinologist and former medical director of Phillips Academy in Andover was charged in federal court Thursday with receiving child pornography after more then 500 photographs and at least 60 DVDs were found during a search of his Andover home, federal prosecutors said, and as reported by the Boston Globe.
Dr. Richard Keller drew investigators’ attention after his name, e-mail, and billing address turned up in the customer database of an overseas company that produced sexually explicit movies involving minors, prosecutors said in a court filing.
The physician worked 19 years at the private boarding high school. He resigned last year, when the school declined to renew his contract, said Phillips Academy spokesman Stephen Porter.
“That is a confidential personnel matter that we have been assured [by the school’s human resources department] is not related to the kinds of charges filed against him today,” he said in an interview with the Globe.
As Phillips Academy’s primary physician, Keller “watched out for the health of the school,” seeing to students’ needs and serving as liaison to area hospitals, Porter said. He taught health-related classes that included sex education.
It is not clear when Keller began working at Children’s Hospital most recently. The 56-year-old was a fellow there in the mid-1980s, when he was first licensed to practice in Massachusetts. Hospital spokesman Robert Graham said in an e-mail that Keller was placed on leave when hospital officials learned of the charges Thursday morning.
“No complaints or concerns have been expressed by any patients or family members about the care Dr. Keller provided while he was at Children’s,” said Graham, who did not answer specific questions from the Globe about the case or Keller’s role at the hospital.
Keller has been a part-time clinical instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School since 1992. He has been placed on administrative leave from that role, a Harvard spokesman told the Globe.
In documents filed in US District Court in Boston, prosecutors said Keller had placed 19 orders between July 2009 and January 2011 from an unidentified overseas company, purchasing more than 50 movies totaling $2,695.
Those described in the affidavit all involved boys engaged in sexually explicit activities, and some were delivered to Keller at the student health center at the school. The company had been the subject of at least 20 complaints to a tip line at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Keller was arrested at his home Thursday morning, said Christina Dilorio-Sterling, a spokeswoman for US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz. The search of his home continued into the afternoon.
David Ettlinger, a former Newton teacher and Brighton resident facing a slew of child pornography charges in two Massachusetts counties was released on his personal recognizance at Suffolk Superior Court April 3, according to Wicked Local Newton and WCVB. The move allows the court to transport Ettlinger to Louisiana, where he faces federal charges for participating in an online child pornography forum.
Ettlinger, 34, was scheduled to appear at Moakley Courthouse in Boston Tuesday afternoon and then to be taken to Louisiana, where he faces charged for his alleged membership in Dreamboard, an international forum that promoted sexual abuse of children.
Ettlinger was arrested at his Commonwealth Avenue home in January following an investigation, and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography. Prosecutors said they found hundreds of images of child pornography on his computer.