Revere Man Arrested, Arraigned in Connection with Possessing and Distributing Child Pornography
BOSTON – A Revere man has been arrested and arraigned in Chelsea District Court for allegedly possessing child pornography, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today.
Steven Bell, 62, is charged with Possession of Child Pornography and Dissemination of Obscene Matter. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office arrested Bell Thursday night at his residence in Revere. He was arraigned Friday in Chelsea District Court where he entered a plea of not guilty. After the plea was entered, Judge D. Dunbar Livingston set bail at $25,000 with the conditions that Bell have no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18, report weekly to probation, and be subject to GPS monitoring.
In September, State Police investigators assigned to the AG’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 Revere area and tracked the computer system to Bell’s residence. On Thursday, State Police obtained and executed a search warrant authorizing the search of Bell’s residence for depictions of child pornography. State Police seized computers and other media items from Bell’s residence. Subsequent initial investigation of these items revealed approximately 5,000 image and video files containing child pornography.
Bell was arrested at his home in Revere without incident on Thursday. He was arraigned Friday in Chelsea District Court, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges. Bell is due back in Chelsea District Court on November 30 for a pre-trial conference.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Christopher Kelly of Attorney General Coakley’s Cyber Crime Division. It was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office, members of the Massachusetts State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and investigators from the AG’s Computer Forensics Lab.