For Immediate Release - June 18, 2010

Weymouth Man Arrested, Arraigned for Possessing Child Pornography

QUINCY - A Weymouth man has been arrested and charged with allegedly possessing child pornography on his computer, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced. Andrew Cardarelli, age 21, was arraigned in Quincy District Court on charges of Possession of Child Pornography and Dissemination or Possession of Obscene Matter. Cardarelli was arrested in Braintree yesterday 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.

"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, 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 Weymouth area and tracked the computer system to Cardarelli's residence. On June 9, 2010, State Police 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 over 100 image and video files containing child pornography and that he was allegedly able to share them via his computer over the file-sharing network.

Cardarelli was arrested yesterday without incident in Braintree. Following his arrest, Cardarelli was arraigned before Judge Mark Coven in the Quincy District Court at which time he entered a plea of not guilty and was released on $2,500 cash bail. Judge Coven set several conditions of bail, including that Cardarelli have no contact with children, that he check in with probation, and that he not use a computer while the case is pending. He is due back in court on July 22, 2010, for a probable cause hearing.

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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