For Immediate Release - January 30, 2014

Woburn Man Arrested, Arraigned in Connection with Possessing Child Pornography

WOBURN – A Woburn man has been arrested and arraigned in Woburn District Court for allegedly possessing child pornography, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today.

Marlan Ray Barker, age 54, is charged with one count of Possession of Child Pornography. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office arrested Barker last night at his residence in Woburn.

Barker was arraigned today in Woburn District Court where he entered a plea of not guilty. After the plea was entered, District Court Judge Timothy Gailey set bail at $3,000 with the conditions that Barker have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 and be prohibited from using the computer except at his workplace. Barker is due back in Woburn District Court on Feb. 21 for a pre-trial conference.

In December, the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force obtained information about a computer allegedly offering known child pornography images and videos over a file-sharing network. State Police assigned to the AG’s Office then began an investigation and tracked the computer system to Barker’s residence in Woburn.

On Wednesday night, State Police obtained and executed a search warrant authorizing the search of Barker’s residence for depictions of child pornography. State Police seized computers and other media items from Barker’s residence. Subsequent initial investigation of these items revealed file names allegedly associated with child pornography.

The investigation is ongoing.

Barker was arrested at his home in Woburn without incident on Wednesday night. He was arraigned today in Woburn District Court, where he pleaded not guilty to the charge. Barker is due back in Woburn District Court on Feb. 21 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 Timothy Wyse, also of the AG’s Cyber Crime Division. It is being 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.

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