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Thursday, February 12, 2015

North Adams Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

BOSTON – A North Adams man was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Springfield for possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor.

Wade Galli, 49, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 50 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release.  He pleaded guilty in September 2014.

On May 29, 2013, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Galli’s residence and seized computer media containing numerous image and video files which included images of violent and sadomasochistic sexual assaults of young girls.  Galli admitted that he downloaded child pornography from the Internet.  He also created some videos by filming nude girls at the beach.  Galli said he did so “whenever I had time” and filmed girls as young as 13 at beaches in Pittsfield, Mass. and Vermont.  

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement.  The case was investigated with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police and the North Adams Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz's Springfield Branch Office.

Updated February 12, 2015