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FORMER GRADE SCHOOL TEACHER AND CAMP COUNSELOR SENTENCED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

APRIL 1, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. - U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole has sentenced a North Billerica man to serve18 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for possessing child pornography.

On Nov. 30, 2010 LAWRENCE FOLLETT, 46, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. He was ordered to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on April 29, 2011.

In 2008, INTERPOL in Berne, Switzerland, learned that a large number of Internet users had downloaded files containing videos which appeared to depict child pornography from a particular website. Internet connection logs indicated that a user, now known to be FOLLETT, accessed the web site on May 25 and May 26, 2008. FOLLETT downloaded a file containing samples of approximately 101 videos depicting child pornography, each video was approximately 20 seconds in length. A sample of videos downloaded by FOLLETT revealed images which appeared to depict pre-pubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. After a search warrant at FOLLETT’s residence, a thumb drive was found in FOLLETT’s bedroom hidden in an eyeglass case. The thumb drive contained 230 images of child pornography images, all of which depicted prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

FOLLETT was previously employed as a fourth grade teacher at the Blanchard Memorial School in Boxborough, and a camp counselor at Camp Moosilauke, a New Hampshire summer residential camp for boys.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston made the announcement today. The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and INTERPOL of Berne, Switzerland. Significant assistance was provided by the Billerica and Boxborough Police Departments, as well as the Boxborough School Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Yoon of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

 

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