Revere Man Arraigned in Connection with Possessing and Distributing Child Pornography
BOSTON – A Revere man has been arraigned for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today.
Steven Bell, 62, was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of Possession of Child Pornography (7 counts) and one count of Dissemination of Child Pornography. At the arraignment, Bell pleaded not guilty to all charges and bail was set at $25,000, transferred from his prior arraignment in Chelsea District Court. Magistrate Judge Gary Wilson, who presided over the Superior Court arraignment, also imposed the conditions that Bell have no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18, refrain from using the Internet, be subject to GPS monitoring, and not leave the Commonwealth without permission from the court.
In September, the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force obtained information about a computer offering known child pornography images located in the Revere area and referred it to Massachusetts State Police investigators assigned to the AG’s Office. Officers observed a system offering known child pornography images and movies over file-sharing networks and tracked the computer system to Bell’s residence in Revere.
On November 1, 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. Initial investigation of these items revealed more than 5,000 images and video files containing alleged child pornography. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office subsequently arrested Bell.
Bell was arrested on November 1 and arraigned in Chelsea District Court the next day, where he entered a plea of not guilty. Bell was indicted by a Suffolk County Grand Jury on November 29. He was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court. He is due back in court on February 6 for a pre-trial conference.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Thomas Ralph, Chief of AG Coakley’s Cyber Crime Division and Assistant Attorney General Chris Kelly, also of the 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.