For Immediate Release - April 20, 2010

Hyde Park Man Arrested, Arraigned for Possessing and Distributing Child Pornography

BOSTON - A Hyde Park man has been arrested and charged with allegedly possessing child pornography on his computer. On Friday, Raphael Chiu, age 21, was arraigned in the West Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court. Chiu is charged with Dissemination or Possession of Obscene Matter, Dissemination of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography. Chui was arrested at his residence Thursday afternoon by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office. He was then transported to the Massachusetts State Police barracks in Milton for processing, where he subsequently posted bail.

"We allege that Mr. Chiu used his computer to obtain child pornography and that he shared those images over the Internet," Attorney General Martha Coakley said. "Our office is committed to protecting our children and we will continue to work to protect them from online predators."

In March of this year, State Police investigators assigned to the Attorney General's Office conducted an online investigation of computer systems offering known child pornography images and movies over file-sharing networks. Officers observed a system offering known child pornography in the area of Hyde Park, and tracked the computer system to Chiu's residence. On Thursday, State Police obtained and executed a search warrant authorizing the search of Chiu's home for depictions of child pornography. Investigators discovered that Chiu was in possession of images of child pornography and that he had allegedly shared many of them over the file-sharing network. Chiu was arrested without incident during the course of the search.

Chiu was arraigned before Judge Michael Coyne in the West Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court. He pled not guilty and was released on $ 200 cash bail. Judge Coyne set several conditions of bail, including that Chiu have no contact with children under the age of 18, that he check in with probation on a weekly basis, and that he not use a computer while the case is pending. Chiu was ordered to sign a waiver allowing the Probation Department to monitor his compliance with the order not to use a computer system. He is due back in court on May 20, 2010, for a probable cause hearing.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Julie Ross of Attorney General Martha Coakley's Cyber Crime Division. It was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office.

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