For Immediate Release - January 02, 2007

Millis Man Charged With Enticing A Minor For Sex

Sumner N. Fishman, 62, of 46 Key Street, Millis, pleaded not guilty today in Ipswich District Court sitting in Newburyport to charges of solicitation of sex from a minor, and transmitting obscene material to a minor.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Maura Bailey filed for a dangerousness hearing at this morning's arraignment. Judge Robert Brennan agreed that Fishman represents a danger to the community, but determined that there were sufficient conditions that could be imposed to ensure the public safety.

After ordering Fishman held on $25,000 cash bail, Brennan ordered that if he is released, Fishman will be on home confinement with a Global Positioning System (GPS). He is to have no unsupervised contact with unrelated minors, is not allowed to have computers in the house, may have no telephone contact with unrelated minors, and the probation department can conduct random searches of his home.

In addition, the judge imposed a bail warning, meaning that if Fishman gets into any further legal trouble while this case is pending, he could be held without bail for up to 60 days. Fishman returns to court on Thursday, January 4, for a status hearing.

Prosecutor Bailey told the court that Fishman was arrested by Wenham and Peabody Police on Friday night at the North Shore Mall in Peabody, where he had allegedly made arrangements to meet a person he believed to be a 15 year-old girl. He had actually been communicating online since August of 2006 with undercover Wenham Police Officer Jonathan Gray, who was assisted by Wenham Police Officer Joy Fleck.

Also assisting in the investigation were Peabody Police Detectives Pete Olson, Rob Faletra, and Peabody Police Lt. Martin Cohen. In addition, Wenham Police Sgt. Jeffrey Tobey assisted in the arrest.

Fishman is being held at the Essex County House of Correction in Middleton.