Pittsfield Man Charged For Possessing Child Pornography
The Berkshire Eagle reports, According to federal authorities, a Pittsfield man admitted to investigators who executed a search warrant at his Maple Street home last week that he downloaded and viewed child pornography.,
An affidavit filed by Daniel Yon, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations. Investigators said Shacar was using Tor software that is a network that anonymizes the IP address of users to access.
Yon said investigators determined that an IP address owned by Shacar had been used May 2, 2019, to access an unidentified website that was used to share child pornography involving girls ages 4 to 14.
Shacar’s home was surveilled on different dates in late 2020 and this year, and agents obtained a federal search warrant March 22 for the second floor at 16-18 Maple St.
Two days later, agents executed a search warrant and located several electronic devices, according to court documents.
In his affidavit, Yon said Shacar initially was reluctant to confess but eventually admitted to accessing child pornography. Shacar told agents that he stored files of pornography on a thumb drive that he kept on top of a kitchen cabinet.
Agents found about 80 suspected child pornography videos, including about 10 videos that Yon said involved children who law enforcement knew through other child exploitation investigations.
After prosecutors dropped their request for detention, Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson ordered Shacar released on $10,000 bond with a number of other conditions while his case is pending in the U.S. District Court in Springfield.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that Benjamin Shacar was ordered released from the Hampden County Correctional Center in Ludlow on Wednesday to await trial at his relatives’ residence under a number of conditions.
Shacar was ordered to remain at home, except for approved purposes, including going to work and dealing with legal matters, and have no unsupervised internet access.