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A Newton Public School Teacher was arraigned yesterday in Brighton District Court on Massachusetts Sex Crimes Charges. He was arraigned on two charges of Unlawful Possession of Child Pornography.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the Newton second-grade teacher allegedly had hundred of images on his computer that they say constitute child pornography; and also allegedly discovered videos of the teacher allegedly assault a young teenage girl.

The teacher, who was reportedly very well respected by his peers and the Newton Public School system, was arrested at his home in Brighton after the Massachusetts State Police executed a search warrant.

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Massachusetts State Police arrested Richard S. Saunders, of Reading, on Monday night on Motor Vehicle Charges after he allegedly drove the wrong way on I-93 in Boston.

Saunders was charges with Reckless Driving, Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Stop for Police.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police began pursuing a minivan that had been reported out of Medford earlier Monday morning. The ‘slow-speed’ pursuit reportedly began in Dorchester and eventually led into South Boston and onto I-93.

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Lowell Police yesterday arrested four people on Massachusetts Drug Crimes Charges in connection with the seizure of 75 pounds of marijuana and 2 guns.

Phaly Chhoeun, 28; Samnang Sath, 34; Sanith Siv, 35; and Mao Keo, 33, all of Lowell, are each facing charges of Drug Trafficking; Drug School Zone Violation; and Conspiracy to Violate the Massachusetts Drug Laws.

Mao Keo is also charged with Massachusetts Gun Charges and being an Armed Career Criminal.

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In Massachusetts, it is a crime to lie to or mislead a police officer, or otherwise impede a criminal investigation.

Under the Intimidation of a Witness statute, the Massachusetts legislature criminalized conduct where a person willfully misled or lied to a person furthering a criminal investigation with the intent to impede or obstruct justice.

In one recent case, Commonwealth v. Patrick Fortuna, the Massachusetts Appeals court considered a case where the defendant had been shot. While being treated at the hospital, he was interviewed by the police about who had shot him. He told the police that he was shot while walking home and didn’t know by whom, because the shooter had been far away.

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images.jpegThose convicted of any crime in Massachusetts should always consider challenging their conviction by filing an appeal. One way to litigate a Massachusetts Appeal is asking the trial judge to consider a Motion for New Trial based on undisclosed evidence by the prosecution.

In order to secure a new trial on the basis of undisclosed evidence, a defendant must be able to establish 3 things:

  1. the evidence was in the possession, custody or control of the prosecutor;
  2. the evidence is potentially exculpatory (e.g., tends to show evidence of innocence); and
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In the recent case of Commonwealth v. Romero, the Massachusetts Appeals Court issued a split-decision where the defendant, charged with Massachusetts Gun Crimes, challenged his conviction based on insufficient evidence for “constructive possession”.

The defendant in the case was in the driver’s seat of a parked car – he was the owner and operator in the car – along with three other passengers who were sitting in the car as well. At 1:30 a.m., a police officer drove past the car and testified that, as he drove by, he could only see the top of 4 peoples’ heads because they were crouching down in their seats. Upon seeing this, the officer turned around and parked behind the defendant’s car.

As the officer began to approach the car, from about 3 feet away, he testified he could see in the car and from his vantage point one of the rear passengers reach towards the front of the car through the two front seats, this while the defendant/driver was looking side to side and also looking at the front seat passenger, who was looking at an object in his hand.

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Randolph Police reported that they have arrested a man that was wanted in connection with the late-night robbery in the North Dartmouth Mall.

Michael Killory, 26, was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery while Masked; 4 counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon; and Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony.

According to police, Michael Killory allegedly exiting one of the dressing rooms at a store in the North Dartmouth Mall wearing a ski mask. He allegedly ordered the store employees on the floor and grabbed a deposit cash bag before running out the rear door.

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A Massachusetts State Police trooper was arraigned in Lynn District Court last week on Massachusetts Sex Crimes Charges for allegedly soliciting a prostitute in Lynn.

The trooper, who is reportedly a 27 year veteran with the Massachusetts State Police, was arraigned in Lynn District Court on charges including Sexual Conduct for a Fee, Failure to Stop for Police and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

According to the Lynn Police Department, the trooper was reportedly observed by Lynn Police who were conducted surveillance operations on prostitution in Lynn when they allegedly observed him and the woman inside his pickup truck.

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trivino.jpgA hockey star from Boston University was arrested this past weekend on Massachusetts Sex Crimes Charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a female BU student.

Corey Trivino, who has already been drafted by the New York Islanders in the 2008 NHL Draft, was arraigned in the Brighton Division of the Boston Municipal Court on Monday on sexual assault charges including Assault with Intent to Commit Rape; 3 counts of Indecent Assault & Battery; and 2 counts of Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime.

According to the Boston University Police Department, Corey Trivino allegedly pushed his way into the room of a female BU student and groped her. BU police allege that Trivino was intoxicated at the time.

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A graduate student from Harvard University was charged with Massachusetts Sex Crimes for allegedly sexually assault a woman on an MBTA train.

The Harvard graduate student is reportedly scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Cambridge District Court on one charge of Indecent Assault & Battery.

According to the MBTA Police, the man allegedly assaulted a woman on the red line train at near Kendall Sqaure on November 28. He later allegedly got off the train in Boston at Park Street.