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Worcester Man Arrested for Sending Obscene Material to a Minor Over Social Media

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Worcester man has been arrested and charged in connection with transferring obscene material to a 14-year-old minor.

Andrew James Gallagher, 28, was charged with one count of transfer of obscene material to a minor. Gallagher was arrested yesterday morning and, following an initial appearance in federal court in Worcester, was detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for Dec. 9, 2022.

According to the charging document, in April 2022, Gallagher contacted the victim using a social media platform. It is alleged that Gallagher asked, “are you underage at all?” to which the minor victim replied identifying himself as 14 years old. Gallagher then allegedly sent two obscene images of himself to the minor victim, expressed interest in meeting with the minor victim in person and asked the minor victim to send an explicit video of himself to Gallagher. 

The charge of transfer of obscene material to a minor provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; Worcester Police Chief Steven M. Sargent; and Matthew B. Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge of the Homeland Security Investigation’s in New England made the announcement. Valuable assistance was provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Omaha Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Noto of Rollins’ Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

Members of the public who have questions, concerns or information regarding this case should call 617-748-3274.

The case is 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 exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated December 7, 2022

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