For Immediate Release - May 07, 2014

Arlington Man Arrested, Arraigned on Charges of Possessing Child Pornography

CAMBRIDGE – An Arlington man has been arrested and arraigned in Cambridge District Court for allegedly possessing images of child pornography, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today.

Michael J. Thomas, age 30, is charged with Possession of Child Pornography. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, with assistance from the Arlington Police Department, arrested Thomas on Tuesday night at his residence in Arlington.

Thomas was arraigned this morning in Cambridge District Court where he entered a plea of not guilty. Judge Roanne Sragow set bail at $5,000 with the conditions that he not leave the state, be monitored via GPS, have no access to computers or the Internet, and have no contact with any child under the age of 18. Thomas is due back in Cambridge District Court on June 4 for a pre-trial conference.

In April, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received information about a computer allegedly obtaining child pornography images. State Police assigned to the AG’s Office then began an investigation and tracked the computer system to Thomas’ residence in Arlington.

On Tuesday night, State Police obtained and executed a search warrant authorizing the search of Thomas’ residence for depictions of child pornography. Subsequent initial investigation of Thomas’ seized computer revealed alleged images of child pornography.

The investigation is ongoing.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Nancy Rothstein of Attorney General Coakley’s Cyber Crime Division, with assistance from Assistant Attorney General Timothy Wyse. It was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office and investigators from the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab. The Arlington Police Department assisted in this case.


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