NEWBURY -– An Ivy Lane man, charged with two counts of possessing child pornography, was ordered held on $25,000 cash bail after his arraignment Thursday in Newburyport District Court. 

William Ring, 68, of 7 Ivy Lane, was arrested around 5 p.m. Wednesday after local and state police went to his home. He is due back in court July 12 for a pretrial hearing. 

His arrest comes more than a month after a state police detective forwarded a cyber-tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to Newbury police Det. Aaron Wojtkowski. In Wojtkowski’s report, he detailed how the tip included an internet protocol address which was eventually tracked to Ring’s laptop computer. 

Armed with a search warrant, Wojtkowski and other police officers went to Ring’s home. While Ring was not there at the time, police entered the home and conducted a “protective sweep of the residence.” During that search, police seized a Hewlett-Packard laptop in plain view and a MacBook that was stored in a closet. Child pornography was found on the MacBook. Wojtkowski called Ring to tell him the police were in his house and what they were looking for.

When Ring came home, police read him his rights and he agreed to speak to them without a lawyer. Ring allowed police to search his HP laptop and told officers he hadn’t used the MacBook in six months. It didn’t take long for police to find dozens of child pornography images on the HP laptop.

Ring told police that he never purposely saved child pornography on his computer despite the images seen by police. Soon after, Ring was handcuffed and taken to the Newbury police station for booking, according to Wojtkowski’s report. 

Staff writer Dave Rogers can be reached by email at drogers@newburyportnews.com. Follow him on Twitter@drogers41008.