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April 4, 2012

Local man charged in child porn case

Postal worker held on $1 million bail

NEWBURYPORT — An Amesbury man, an employee of the U.S. Postal Service, is being held on $1 million bail, charged with distributing and possessing child pornography, including disturbing images of a girl thought to be 4 to 6 years old.

Ronald B. Parker, 46, of 22 Senee Court, was arraigned yesterday before Judge Peter Doyle at Newburyport District Court after a nearly monthlong investigation initiated by Massachusetts State Police. He is charged with the dissemination of visual material of a child engaging in sexual acts and the purchase or possession of child pornography.

Doyle ordered Parker held on $1 million surety or $100,000 cash bail. If released on bail, Parker cannot come in contact with minor children or possess or have access to computers. His next court date is May 2 for a pretrial hearing.

If convicted of disseminating child pornography, Parker faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 20 years in state prison and fines as high as $50,000, or three times the monetary gain of dissemination of the material, whichever is greater, according to Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for the office of the Essex County District Attorney.

Listed as a rural carrier associate by the Postal Service in court documents, Parker was arrested on Monday. The records don't indicate which post office he worked at.

The investigation into his conduct began on March 9, when Trooper Michael Murphy of the State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force located an Internet protocol address that was sharing files of suspected child pornography, according to court documents.

Because of the information found, the Essex County District Attorney's Office issued an administrative subpoena requiring Verizon Internet Service to provide information on the subscriber. By March 13, the information was provided, indicating that the subscriber's name was Ronald B. Parker at his home address in Amesbury, according to Trooper James Dowling's report.

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