For Immediate Release - January 29, 2010

South Boston Man Arrested, Arraigned in Connection with Allegedly Possessing and Distributing Child Pornography

BOSTON - Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announces that a South Boston man has been arraigned for allegedly possessing images of child pornography. George Shipps, age 47, is charged with Possession of Child Pornography and Distribution of Child Pornography. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office, with assistance from the Boston Police Department, arrested Shipps last night at his residence in South Boston.

Late last week, the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force obtained information about a computer offering known child pornography images located in the South Boston area. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office tracked the computer system to Shipps' residence and obtained a search warrant for that computer. Investigators discovered that Shipps allegedly possessed images of child pornography and allowed them to be accessed through a peer-to-peer online network. Authorities executed the search warrant yesterday, after which Shipps was placed under arrest without incident. He was subsequently transported to the State Police Barracks in South Boston for processing.

He was arraigned today in South Boston District Court where he entered a plea of not guilty, and is currently being held on $100,000 cash bail, $1,000,000 surety. He is scheduled to appear in court on February 26, 2010, for a probable cause hearing.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Christopher Kelly of Attorney General Coakley's Cyber Crime Division, and was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office and the Massachusetts ICAC Task Force. The Boston Police Department assisted with the execution of the search warrant last evening.