An employee at the Newton Public Library was before the court today on Massachusetts Sex Crimes Charges. He was arraigned in Newton District Court on 3 counts of Unlawful Possession of Child Pornography.
According to the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, the employee was arrested at his home where Massachusetts State Police investigators allegedly seized a laptop containing several images of child porn. At his arraignment, prosecutors alleged that the man admitting to possession the child pornography and that he had been using a peer to peer network to download the files.
Following his arraignment, the Newton library employee was held on $5,000 cash bail and ordered to have no contact with children under the age of 18 and to stay away from the Newton Public Library.
This is the second such arrest involving Unlawful Possession of Child Pornography. Last week, a Newton Public School teacher was also arrested and charged with similar Massachusetts Sex Crimes Charges.
In many cases involving child pornography, investigators will often target peer to peer networks where users can 'share' and download files from other users onto their own computer. Typically, an investigator will access the network and scan the files available on a person's computer being shared on the network. From there, police will then track who is uploading and/or downloading the files by locating the user's IP address.
The IP address will not provide the user's name, but will provide the investigator's the network, e.g., verizon, comcast, etc., that is hosting the address. Police will then subpoena the internet provider to obtain the registration information and name of the person for that specific IP address.
With this information, police will then apply for a search warrant to enter the person's home and seize the computer and any other images for evidence.
One of the most important and critical pieces of advice I can offer to someone who has been arrested or even being investigated for any crime is to never speak to the police without a lawyer. If the police are targeting you as a suspect or someone they are likely to arrest, they are not your friends. They will not 'help you help yourself'. If they come to your house or 'want to speak with you' about a potential crime you may be involved with they will inevitably arrest you whether you speak to them or not.