In Massachusetts, former Boston sportscaster Bob Gamere has pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with transportation and possession of child pornography. Federal prosecutors, who arrested the man that once called himself the Great Gamere, are now calling the former “Candlepins for Cash” host a “danger to the community.”
Magistrate Judge Leo T. Sorokin ordered that the 69-year-old former sports anchor be placed under house arrest and GPS anklet be attached to his leg. Gamere is also barred from answering the door if his grandchildren or trick-or-treaters come to his house unless there is another adult present.
According to the indictment’s charges, Gamere transported child pornography videos on two separate occasions in 2007. His computer at home also allegedly contains videos and images of child porn.
Federal agents found the images after they executed a search warrant of his house and took his computer. The government also claims that Gamere sent child pornography videos as e-mail attachments to a number of people. During the search, Gamere reportedly admitted that printed images of child porn found in his bedroom were his and that he had sent child pornography via e-mail.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation began actively investigating Gamere last year after he allegedly sent via e-mail a 10-minute video of a young girl having sexual intercourse with a man. He allegedly sent the footage using his wife’s AOL account and the screen name “GreatGamere.” Court documents, however, indicate that the FBI had been watching this screen name since 2005 when the sender distributed other videos of “prepubescent” minors having sex with each other and with adults.
Gamere is a former New York Yankees play-by-play announcer and television sports commentator for Channel 7. If convicted, he could spend up to 50 years in prison.
Internet Kiddie Pornography
Distributing child porn via the Internet is considered a criminal offense-even if the images do not explicitly show kids having sex with each other or with adults. A person could get arrested just for sending a photo or image depicting child porn to a friend.
Ex-Hub sportscaster busted for kid porn, BostonHerald.com, October 24, 2008
Former Boston Sportscaster Charged With Possession Of Child Porn, MyFoxBoston.com, October 23, 2008
Related Web Resources:
Laws Concerning Child Pornography, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Protect Act of 2003, Department of Justice
There are, however, defenses available to people that have been charged with child pornography-related crimes. In Massachusetts, contact our Boston sexual crimes lawyers at Altman & Altman LLP to discuss your case.