For Immediate Release - October 07, 2010

Weymouth Man Arraigned for Possessing Child Pornography

DEDHAM - A Weymouth man was arraigned and is charged with allegedly possessing child pornography on his computer, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced.

Andrew Cardarelli, age 22, was arraigned on charges of Dissemination of Child Pornography, Possession of Child Pornography (2 counts), and Dissemination or Possession of Obscene Matter. Cardarelli was arrested in Braintree on June 17, 2010, by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office.

"We allege that Mr. Cardarelli used his computer to obtain child pornography over the Internet," said AG Martha Coakley. "The exploitation of young children is a serious and disturbing offense that will not be tolerated in Massachusetts. Our office will continue our work to protect children by identifying online predators, investigating their actions, and prosecuting their crimes."

In March 2010, investigators 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 Weymouth area and tracked the computer system to Cardarelli's residence. On June 9, 2010, State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office obtained and executed a search warrant authorizing the search of Cardarelli's residence for depictions of child pornography. State Police seized computers from Cardarelli's residence. Subsequent investigation of Cardarelli's computer revealed hundreds of image and video files containing child pornography. Cardarelli was allegedly able to share these files over the internet.

Cardarelli was arrested on June 17, 2010, without incident in Braintree. Following his arrest, Cardarelli was arraigned in the Quincy District Court at which time he entered a plea of not guilty and was released on $2,500 cash bail under the conditions that he have no contact with children, that he check in with probation, and that he not use a computer while the case is pending.

A Norfolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Cardarelli on September 16, 2010. Cardarelli was arraigned in Norfolk Superior Court on October 6, 2010, where he entered a plea of not guilty and was released under the conditions that he have no contact with children under the age of 18, that he check in periodically with probation as deemed appropriate, and that he not use a computer unless for work or school. Cardarelli is due back in court on November 22, 2010, for a pre-trial conference. Norfolk Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fishman presided over the arraignment.

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

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