For Immediate Release - December 20, 2016

Ipswich Man Indicted in Connection with Possessing Child Pornography, Gun with Large Capacity Magazine and Ammunition

SALEM – An Ipswich man has been indicted in connection with possessing child pornography and possessing a firearm, large capacity magazines and ammunition without a license, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

Robert Freeman, age 48, was indicted on Monday by an Essex County Grand Jury on the charges of Possession of Child Pornography (one count), Possession of a Weapon without a License (one count), Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device (two counts) and Possession of Ammunition without a License (one count).

Freeman will be arraigned in Essex Superior Court at a later date.

Freeman was arrested on Sept. 28 in Ipswich by State Police assigned to the AG’s Office with assistance from Ipswich Police, State Police assigned to Essex County District Attorney’s Office and the State Police Crime Services Unit. 

In August, the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) forwarded information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to the AG’s Office concerning an email address in the Ipswich area that had allegedly uploaded child pornography. State Police traced the email address to Freeman.

State Police obtained and executed a search warrant authorizing the search of an Ipswich home linked to Freeman and any computers, tablets, media storage devices, computer hardware, computer software, computer data storage device and cell phones found in the home.

An investigation of devices seized revealed alleged images of child pornography. Police also uncovered an unlocked firearm, loaded large capacity magazines and ammunition in Freeman’s home. Freeman is not licensed to possess the handgun, the magazine or the ammunition.  

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 AG Healey’s Enterprise, Major and Cyber Crime Division, with assistance from Victim Witness Advocate Amber Anderson, of AG Healey’s Victim Witness Services Division. It was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office with assistance from Ipswich Police, State Police assigned to the Essex District Attorney’s Office and the State Police Crime Services Unit and investigators from the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab.