Weymouth Man Found Guilty, Sentenced to Jail in Connection with Cyber Crime Sweep Targeting Users of Child Porn
DEDHAM – A Weymouth man has been found guilty and sentenced to jail in connection with possessing and distributing child pornography over the Internet, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
“This defendant was found in possession of images and video files depicting child pornography and he had shared those files over the Internet,” AG Coakley said. “This verdict not only requires him to serve time in jail, but also prevents him from having unsupervised contact with children throughout his probation.”
On Monday, following a four-day trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Kevin Moore, age 35, was found guilty of Possession of Child Pornography (2 counts) and Dissemination of Child Pornography by Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fishman. Judge Fishman sentenced Moore to two and a half years in the House of Correction. Judge Fishman also ordered that Moore be placed on ten years of probation upon his release, with the conditions that he have no unsupervised contact with anyone under age 18, be monitored by a GPS device, be restricted to using the Internet for work purposes only as approved by the Probation Department, and undergo sex offender evaluation and any treatment necessary under the guidance of the Probation Department.
The charges were the result of a coordinated cyber crime sweep conducted throughout the state in 2010. As a result of this sweep, seven individuals were charged with allegedly possessing, disseminating, or participating in sharing images of child pornography over the Internet. The multi-agency investigation was a collaborative effort among the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Division, the Massachusetts State Police, the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and several of the Commonwealth’s law enforcement councils: the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (METROLEC), the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC), and the Cape Cod Regional Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC).
During the course of the investigation, authorities isolated the IP address of a computer at Moore’s residence in September 2010. Search warrants executed on the residence in October 2010 resulted in the seizure of a computer and forensic examination ultimately revealed more than 700 images and video files depicting child pornography.
Moore was arrested on October 24, 2010. He was arraigned on November 16, 2010 in Quincy District Court where he pleaded not guilty to the charges. A Norfolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Moore on March 9, 2011. He was arraigned on March 16, 2011 in Norfolk Superior Court. On Monday, Judge Fishman found Moore guilty and sentenced him at the conclusion of a jury-waived trial.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Christopher Kelly of AG Coakley’s Cyber Crime Division and Assistant Attorney General Timothy Wyse also of the AG’s Cyber Crime Division, with assistance from Victim Witness Advocate Nikki Antonucci of the AG’s Victim Services Division. The investigation was conducted by attorneys in AG Coakley’s Cyber Crime Division, and investigators from AG Coakley’s Computer Forensics Lab, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office, Massachusetts State Police ICAC Task Force, with assistance provided by METROLEC, the NEMLEC, the CCLEC, and local police in the communities in which the arrests were made.