Newton Man Indicted On Possession And Dissemination Of Child Pornography Charges

For Immediate Release March 20, 2012
Contact: Press Office

NEWTON – A Newton man has been indicted on charges of possession and dissemination of child pornography, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

Peter Buchanan, 47, of Newton, was indicted today by a Middlesex County grand jury on charges of possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography (3 counts). 

An arraignment date has not yet been set.  

“This defendant has now been indicted on charges that he was in possession of child pornography,” District Attorney Leone said.  “These charges are troubling and we will continue to prosecute those who harm or exploit children, as they are our most vulnerable victims and most deserving of our protection.”

According to authorities, on October 27, 2011 and November 1, 2011, Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, who are members of the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, conducted an investigation into the use of file sharing programs for the possession and distribution of child pornographic images and movies.  During the investigation, investigators observed a computer reporting that it was sharing suspected child pornography files.

On January 24, 2012, a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s home, where the suspected computer was registered.  The defendant was arrested and transported to the Newton Police Department where he was book and subsequently held on $10,000 cash bail.  He was arraigned in Newton District Court on January 25 where Judge Dyanne Klein ordered him held on $5,000 cash bail with conditions that he is ordered not to have any contact with children under the age of 18, ordered not to have any employment or volunteer work with children under the age of 18, ordered not to use a computer, and ordered to stay away from the Newton public libraries; at the time of the defendant’s arrest, he was employed by the City of Newton as an employee at a Newton public library.

These charges are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Katelyn Draper.  This case was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office’s PACT Unit & to the office’s Cyber Protection Program, Massachusetts State Police Digital Evidence Multimedia Section, and the Newton Police General Detective Unit.

In 2007, Leone established the office’s first Cyber Protection Program, a team of prosecutors and investigators specifically focused on the protection of children and other citizens from the predatory dangers of the Internet.  That team focuses on the investigation and prosecution of cases involving the use of computers to commit crimes and store evidence, including those who target children, the elderly and other vulnerable victims. It also addresses financial and other related cyber crimes. In addition to its prosecutorial components, the program engages community and law enforcement partners to conduct county-wide trainings, build and develop public-private partnerships, launch pilot initiatives, and support the office’s pre-existing school and community-based prevention and intervention programs.

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