For Immediate Release - August 29, 2014

Arlington Man Arrested, Arraigned on Charge of Possessing Child Pornography

Allegedly Had Images of Child Pornography on His Cellphone

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

Zachary M. Monte, age 27, is charged with Possession of Child Pornography. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office arrested Monte on Thursday night at his residence in Arlington.

“We allege that this defendant had images of children being sexually abused stored on his cellphone,” said AG Coakley. “This alleged exploitation of children is a serious and disturbing offense.”

Monte was arraigned today in Cambridge District Court where he entered a plea of not guilty. Judge Roanne Sragow set bail at $20,000 cash with the conditions that he be monitored by GPS, surrender his passport, not leave the state of Massachusetts, have no access to the Internet, have no contact with any child under the age of 18, stay away from schools, parks, and any other places where children congregate, and be subject to random visits from probation. Monte is due back in Cambridge District Court on Sept. 24 for a pre-trial conference.

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 social media account allegedly obtaining child pornography images. State Police assigned to the AG’s Office then began an investigation and traced the images to the Arlington area.

On Thursday, State Police obtained and executed a search warrant authorizing the search of Monte’s residence for depictions of child pornography. The investigation revealed that Monte had alleged images of child pornography stored on his phone. Monte also allegedly accessed child pornography through his Twitter account and posted suspected child pornography to his Tumblr account.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

This 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 Lab. The Arlington Police Department assisted in this case.

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