For Immediate Release - January 29, 2013

Peabody Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Jail in Connection with Possessing Child Pornography

SALEM – A Peabody man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to jail for possessing images of child pornography on his computer, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today.

Barry Bushway, age 49, pleaded guilty on Friday to charges of Possession of Child Pornography (4 counts) and Distribution of Obscene Material.

After the plea was entered, Essex Superior Court Judge David Lowy sentenced Bushway to two-and-a-half years in the House of Corrections, with six months to serve and a probationary period of eight years after he is released. While on probation, Bushway must be monitored by GPS, is prohibited from having unsupervised contact with children and may have no unsupervised use of the Internet. Bushway will also be required to register as a sex offender.   

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). Authorities discovered thousands of images of child pornography and also seized a large quantity of computer equipment and digital media, which went thorough forensic examination by forensic investigators in Attorney General Coakley’s Computer Forensics Lab. 

During the course of the investigation, authorities isolated the IP address of a computer at Bushway’s residence in Peabody. Search warrants executed on the residence on October 26, 2010 resulted in the seizure of a two computers and a number of other electronic devices. Subsequent forensic examination revealed thousands of images depicting child pornography and over a hundred video files depicting child pornography. 

Bushway was arrested on October 26, 2010. He was subsequently arraigned in Peabody District Court where he pleaded not guilty to the charges. An Essex County Grand Jury returned indictments against Bushway on February 16, 2011. He was arraigned on March 17, 2011 in Essex Superior Court. On Friday, Bushway pleaded guilty and was sentenced.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Marina Moriarty of AG Coakley’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division, on behalf of AG Coakley’s Cyber Crime Division. It was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office and investigators from the AG’s Computer Forensics Lab.

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