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Massachusetts Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Cybersex Charges

A West Boylston Middle-High School teacher says he is not guilty of committing cybersex-related crimes. In Leominster District Court in Massachusetts last week, Scott A. Simoncini, 35, pled not guilty to two counts of attempting to commit a crime and five counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor.

The charges are based on allegations that Simoncini allegedly sent naked photos of himself over the Internet to someone who claimed to be a 14-year-old girl. During the series of chats that took place in December 2006, he allegedly talked about meeting the girl in person but the encounter never happened. The screen name he allegedly used was “cuteteacherguy29.” He sent the naked photos in 2006.

Earlier this month, Simoncini allegedly chatted with another person, who claimed to be both a 14-year-old and a 99-year-old girl.

It turns out that the female who claimed to be a 14-year-old girl during the 2006 chats was in fact a Portsmouth police detective. Charges weren’t pressed after the December 2006 chats because they never met in person and the police detective was unable to get back in touch with Simoncini.

The police detective, however, was able to identify Simoncini based on his nude photos and identification information she received through the Massachusetts State Police.

During the online communications that occurred this month, records indicate he was allegedly making innuendos during his chat with the “girl.” They also exchanged pictures and discussed their sexual interests.

He was arrested at his home in Worcester earlier this month for crimes he allegedly committed in Holden. After pleading not guilty to the criminal charges, Simoncini was release on $2,500 bail.

As part of the conditions of his bail agreement, he cannot have any unsupervised contact with anyone under age 16. Simoncini was placed on paid administrative leave from the school while the case is being pursued.

SImoncini’s criminal defense attorneys say that he is not a threat to anyone in the real world and that he has never had any criminal contact with minors in real life.

Teacher denies cybersex charges, Telegram.com, January 23, 2008
H.S. Teacher Charged With Internet, TheBostonChannel.com, January 22, 2008

Related Web Resources:

Sex Offender Registry Board, Mass.gov
Youth Related Computer Crime, Karisable.com
If you have been arrested and charged with a sexual crime in Massachusetts, you must speak with a Massachusetts sexual crime attorney right away. A sex crime conviction will place your name on Massachusett’s Sex Offender Registry Board for life. You will also have to face harsh sentencing penalties.

A good Boston, Massachusetts sex crime attorney can protect your rights and mount a solid defense on your behalf. Contact the criminal defense law firm of Altman & Altman LLP today.

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