Framingham Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Exploiting Approximately 150 Boys
BOSTON – A Framingham man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to sexually exploiting approximately 150 boys by posing as a teenage girl on the internet and convincing them to send nude photos and videos of themselves to him.
Curtis Simoneau, 24, pleaded guilty to two counts of coercion and enticement of a minor and one count of possession of child pornography. U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin scheduled sentencing for Oct. 2, 2017.
On March 7, 2016, law enforcement in central Massachusetts responded to a complaint regarding the possible sexual exploitation of a 13-year-old boy. When an officer interviewed the victim and his parents, the victim said he began communicating with “Lauren James” via KiK Messenger, a mobile instant messaging app, in December 2015.
Simoneau, posing online as “Lauren James,” told the victim that he was a 14-year-old girl living in Maine and offered to exchange nude images and nude videos with the victim, which they did on multiple occasions. The victim believed he was in an online relationship with “Lauren.” The victim also told law enforcement that he had introduced his friend, a 12-year-old boy, to “Lauren” via KiK, and that his friend and “Lauren” also exchanged nude images. An interview with the second victim confirmed that he too had exchanged nude images with “Lauren.”
Law enforcement was able to identify Simoneau as the individual who was posing as “Lauren James” as well as his Framingham address. The investigation further determined that Simoneau was previously convicted in a Massachusetts state court of possession of child pornography and placed on probation.
During the execution of a federal search warrant of Simoneau’s home on Aug. 4, 2016, 1,128 videos of child pornography and 712 photos of child pornography were discovered on Simoneau’s digital devices. All of the child pornography in Simoneau’s collection had been sent to him by boys who believed they were sending nude and sexually suggestive material of themselves to a teenage girl. In total, Simoneau victimized approximately 150 boys.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Boston Police Commissioner William Evans; and Framingham Police Chief Kenneth Ferguson made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney David G. Tobin of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.