Sex Offender Arrested and Arraigned in Connection With Possessing Child Pornography in Danvers
SALEM – A registered sex offender has been arrested and arraigned in connection with possessing child pornography in Danvers, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
Jeremiah C. Weatherbee-Pike, 39, of Danvers, was arrested Thursday night by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office and Danvers Police. He was arraigned Friday morning in Salem District Court on the charge of Possession of Child Pornography (one count).
At the arraignment, Pike pleaded not guilty to the charge and was held on $250,000 cash bail with the conditions that he remain on house arrest and that he be monitored via GPS. Pike was required to register as a Level 3 sex offender in 2009 after a conviction of possession of child pornography. He is currently on active probation and is being supervised in Essex County.
Pike is due back in Salem District Court on Sept. 13 for a probable cause hearing.
State Police assigned to the AG’s Office began investigation in May 2017 after receiving information from the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that an individual had allegedly uploaded images of child pornography to an online chat room using an IP address linked to Pike.
State Police obtained and executed a search warrant on Thursday, authorizing the search of all computers systems found in Pike’s Danvers residence. Subsequent investigation of the devices seized revealed alleged images of child pornography.
The investigation is ongoing. 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 Crimes Division. It is being investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office, investigators from the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab, with assistance from Danvers Police.