Former State Employee Indicted in Connection with Possession, Distribution of Child Pornography
DEDHAM – A former employee at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has been indicted for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today.
Andrew Fanguiaire, age 48, of Weymouth, was indicted today by a Norfolk Grand Jury on the charges of Possession of Child Pornography (4 counts) and Dissemination of Child Pornography (4 counts).
“This defendant allegedly accessed images and videos of child pornography from his home and at his workplace,” said AG Coakley. “We allege that he also distributed this disturbing content to others over the Internet.”
Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office arrested Fanguiaire in Quincy on Jan. 8.
The AG’s Office began an investigation after State Police investigators received information from an information security officer at MassDOT that a network computer may have been used to access potentially inappropriate material. Further investigation revealed that it was allegedly the computer assigned to Fanguiaire, business manager at MassDOT’s Merit Rating Board (MRB) Division located in Quincy, MA.
On Jan. 8, State Police obtained and executed search warrants authorizing the search of Fanguiaire’s work office and his residence in Weymouth for depictions of child pornography. State Police seized media items from Fanguiaire’s office and residence. Initial investigation of these items revealed several image and video files containing alleged child pornography. Fanguiaire was subsequently arrested by State Police assigned to the AG’s Office.
Further investigation revealed that Fanguiaire allegedly accessed files containing child pornography at his residence and at work through several USB drives. Fanguiaire also allegedly distributed child pornography files to others over the Internet.
Fanguiaire was arrested on Jan. 8 and arraigned the next day in Quincy District Court where he entered a plea of not guilty and his bail was set at $5,000 with various conditions. He was indicted today by a Norfolk Grand Jury. He will be arraigned in Norfolk Superior Court on June 19.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Nancy Rothstein of Attorney General 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 Digital Evidence Laboratory. Authorities at MassDOT, Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and the MRB provided assistance in and cooperated fully with this investigation.
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