AUBURN, Mass. — Police discovered evidence of a methamphetamine laboratory at the Auburn home of a man being arrested on child pornography charges on Thursday, authorities said.
While arresting Derek Ransom, 30, on two counts of child pornography, police found a bucket of chemicals used in making meth, District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said in a statement. Police were granted a search warrant to look for signs of a lab and discovered drug evidence, according to Early.
Ransom was held on $20,000 cash bail after being arraigned Friday in Central District Court.
Files found on computer of Brian Finelli, investigators say
EASTON, Mass. — The police chief investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting of an Easton student is now facing charges of child porn possession.
DJ Henry’s family says this just adds to their claim of a cover-up by the department.
Mt. Pleasant, N.Y., Police Chief Brian Fanelli has been charged with possession of child pornography. Investigators said 126 files were found on his home computers.
In Easton, the charges carry added significance for the parents of DJ Henry. He died in Mt. Pleasant four years ago when police opened fire on him.
The Henrys were stunned to hear Fanelli, who was a lieutenant at the time, had been promoted.
“We already had questions about then Lt. Fanelli’s character,” Danroy Henry said.
“He was caught in several lies and admitted under oath, so we never thought he’d become police chief. And now we’re hearing these horrible allegations,” Angela Henry said.
The Henrys say the new charges against Fanelli just support their longtime claims that he can’t be trusted.
New details about what happened the night their son died have now come out in a civil suit. According to testimony, DJ Henry was only driving 7 miles an hour, never tried to run anyone down. Rather, Officer Aaron Hess threw himself into the path of DJ’s car and opened fire.
Adam Polakowski’s computer held 800 porn images, affidavit says
YARMOUTH, Mass. — A Yarmouth man whose computer allegedly held 800 images of child pornography faces a hearing in U.S. District Court in Boston Thursday.
Adam Polakowski, 45, was arrested by agents from the Department of Homeland Security at his home this week after they discovered he had exchanged 36 sexually explicit emails with an Arizona man, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.
The images seized in Polakowski’s home show children between the ages of 4 and 14 engaging in a variety of sexual activity, the affidavit states.
Polakowski admitted to agents that he “engaged in fantasies with others about the violent abduction and rape of children,” according to the affidavit. “Polakowski further admitted to taking surreptitious photographs of unknown girls at a local (Cape Cod) beach.”
Polakowski is charged with both possession and distribution of child pornography.
BOSTON —A former Stoneham school official accused of posing as a 14-year-old boy online to lure teenage girls into making child pornography videos is also at the center of a civil lawsuit that claims state officials placed an abused foster child into his home.
The lawsuit, reported by the Boston Herald, claims the teenage girl “never should have been” in Steven Orloff’s Framingham home where she was secretly filmed inside his bathroom while he was her foster father.
Orloff, the former director of a special needs program in the Stoneham school district, was charged by federal authorities last week with production and possession of child pornography.
Police allege Orloff, posing as the teenage boy, chatted online with a young girl from Maine.
According to the investigation, Orloff and the victim exchanged photos, although the Orloff did not send an actual photo of himself.
Officials said Friday that at least six victims have been identified.
Orloff, according to the federal affidavit, also allegedly secretly taped “several homemade movies depicting two girls to whom Orloff was related.”
Before working in Stoneham, Orloff held positions in Needham and Arlington, officials said.