As a Boston criminal defense attorney, I have to tell you that there seem to be more and more of these cases. Folks in fairly responsible positions are finding themselves charged with the Massachusetts possession of child pornography.
This time, the gentleman hereinafter referred to as the “Defendant” is Jared Surette. The twenty-six year old former manager of a Lynn ice rink today pleaded not guilty to the charges in Lynn District Court.
The Defendant was arrested by members of the Massachusetts State Police Internet Crimes Against Children task force and charged with distributing material of a child in a sexual act and with possession of child pornography, according to Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office.
The Defendant was released on $1,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty. He is due back in court on July 11. In addition to the cash bail, he is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18 and cannot use a computer or the Internet.
Following his Friday arrest, the Defendant resigned from his position as arena manager at Connery Memorial Arena ice rink on Sunday morning, said Scott McCoy, senior vice president of FMC Ice Sports, which manages the arena for the state.
Most people understand that the very possession of child pornography is a crime and that the distribution of the material is an even more serious crime.
What you may not realize is how easy it is to find oneself in possession such material.
Further, it is just as easy to be distributing it without realizing it.
There are many websites these days through which various materials may be “shared” amongst hundreds, if not thousands, of people. Through them, one can find documents, software, movies, songs and pictures.
Sometimes these sites have names that would give one a clue that child pornography is involved. However, this is not always the case. In other words, it is quite possible that when searching for other types of pictures, or even regular legal pornography, that some photos or videos of child porn is downloaded.
Should this happen, with or without your knowledge, you are in possession of child pornography.
Most of these sites have a mechanism that is set up on your computer that makes downloaded files available to other who would like to “share” what you have. In the example above, once the materials, including the child porn is downloaded to that folder, it becomes available for others to get…again, whether they know it contains child porn.
Once they access it…you are now ripe for arrest for distribution of child pornography.
And you may or may not have ever known you downloaded the child porn in the first place.
Of course, as with most areas of criminal law, there are various issues and technicalities involved in handling these matters. This is why you want a an attorney with experience.
If you would like to discuss such a matter, or any type of criminal matter, with me, please feel free to call me at 617-492-3000 to arrange a free initial consultation..
To view the article upon which this blog is based, please go to http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2011/05/ex-manager_of_l.html