For Immediate Release - August 07, 2014

Milford Man Arraigned on Charges of Possessing Child Pornography, Drug Possession

MILFORD – A Milford man has been arraigned in Milford District Court for allegedly possessing images of child pornography and for drug possession, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today.

George Holtsnider, age 45, is charged with Possession of Child Pornography and Possession of a Class C Substance. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, with assistance from the Milford Police Department, arrested Holtsnider on Aug. 5 at his residence in Milford.

Holtsnider was arraigned this morning in Milford District Court where he entered a plea of not guilty. Judge Robert B. Calagione set bail at $15,000 with the conditions that Holtsnider be monitored via GPS, surrender his passport, have no access to the Internet except for work-related purposes, and have no unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18. Holtsnider is due back in Milford District Court on September 15 for a pre-trial conference.

In June, the Massachusetts State Police and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about a computer allegedly obtaining child pornography images. State Police assigned to the AG’s Office then began an investigation.

On Aug. 5, State Police obtained and executed a search warrant authorizing the search of Holtsnider’s residence for depictions of child pornography. Subsequent initial investigation of Holtsnider’s seized computer revealed hundreds of alleged images of child pornography. Authorities also found what is alleged to be MDMA, commonly known as “molly,” in Holtsnider’s residence.

The investigation is ongoing.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Allyson Portney 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 Lab. The Milford Police Department assisted in this case.

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