Milford Man Indicted on Charges of Possessing, Distributing Child Pornography and Drug Possession
Man Also Indicted for Allegedly Paying for Sex
BOSTON – A Milford man has been indicted for possessing and distributing alleged child pornography, drug possession and paying for sexual services, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today.
George Holtsnider, age 45, was indicted today by a Statewide Grand Jury on the charges of Possession of Child Pornography (3 counts), Dissemination of Child Pornography (2 counts), Possession of a Class C Substance (1 count), Paying for Sexual Conduct (1 count), and Offering to Pay for Sexual Conduct (2 counts). He will be arraigned in Worcester Superior Court at a later date.
“This defendant allegedly obtained thousands of images and videos of child sexual abuse and shared them with others,” said AG Coakley. “This alleged exploitation of children is a serious and disturbing offense.”
Holtsnider was arrested on Aug. 5 at his residence in Milford by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, with assistance from the Milford Police Department. He was subsequently arraigned in Milford District Court and released on $15,000 cash bail with various conditions.
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 alleged images of child pornography. Authorities also found what is alleged to be MDMA, commonly known as “molly,” in Holtsnider’s residence.
Further investigation revealed that Holtsnider paid or offered to pay for sexual services on two occasions and allegedly showed child pornography to the individuals involved. A more detailed analysis of Holtsnider’s computers and external hard drive revealed thousands of images and videos of alleged child pornography.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Allyson Portney of Attorney General Coakley’s Cyber Crime Division, with assistance from Victim Advocate Rebecca Auld. 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.