BEVERLY MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
BOSTON, Mass. - A Beverly resident and former TSA employee was arrested and appeared in federal court today on a charge of possession of child pornography.
ANDREW W. CHEEVER, 33, appeared before Chief Magistrate Judge Judith Gail Dein on a complaint charging him with possession of child pornography. Last December, Massachusetts State Police executed a state search warrant of Cheever’s residence in Lowell. The initial search identified approximately 2,000 images of child pornography and several uniform items bearing the TSA logo. During the search, law enforcement seized computer components, including a tower computer hard drive and an external drive. Subsequent forensic analysis revealed numerous still images and videos of child pornography on each of these drives.
The case was initially handled by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, but was transferred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for federal prosecution.
At the conclusion of today’s proceeding, Chief Magistrate Judge Dein ordered Cheever detained pending a detention hearing currently scheduled for September 8. If convicted Cheever faces a maximum possible term of 10 years in prison to be followed by at least five years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; District Attorney Gerard T. Leone; Gregory K. Null, Special Agent in Charge of Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Northeast; Special Agent in Charge Bruce M. Foucart, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations; Colonel Marian J. McGovern, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Beverly Police Chief Mark A. Ray; and Salem Police Chief Paul F. Tucker made the announcement today.
The details contained in the complaint are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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. Attorneys' 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/. Any questions or concerns regarding PSC cases, please contact us at 617-748-3274.