For Immediate Release - April 14, 2011

Weymouth Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

DEDHAM - A Weymouth man pled guilty to charges he possessed child pornography on his computer, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced.

Andrew Cardarelli, age 22, pled guilty to charges of Possession of Child Pornography (2 counts) and Dissemination or Possession of Obscene Matter. Following the change of plea, Norfolk Superior Court Judge Paul E. Troy sentenced Cardarelli to two and a half years in the House of Correction, with six months to serve, the balance suspended for a supervised probationary period of five years with four months of house arrest on a monitoring bracelet. Under the conditions of probation Cardarelli must participate in and complete sex offender treatment, refrain from unsupervised direct or indirect contact with children under the age of 18, and is prohibited from visiting, entering, or using any online chat room bulletin board service or social networking site, among other conditions.

"Mr. Cardarelli used his computer to obtain child pornography over the Internet," AG Coakley said. "The exploitation of young children is a serious and disturbing offense. Our office will continue our work to protect children and prevent their victimization 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 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 pled guilty on April 12, 2011 and was sentenced.

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

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