A statewide sweep by criminal investigators of child pornography suspects this month has resulted in the arrest of more than 30 people across the commonwealth, including an Oak Bluffs man. The sweep was led by Massachusetts state police and the state Attorney General.
Josemar Boldrini, 43, of Oak Bluffs, was arraigned in Edgartown district court on Thursday, April 5, on charges of possessing and disseminating child pornography. The following day the Hon. H. Gregory Williams set bail at $200,000 cash.
Called Operation Corral, the statewide sweep and arrests were announced this week by state police, who said search warrants and raids had led to the arrests of 32 men on child pornography charges.
The sweep was coordinated by the state Internet Crimes Against Children task force. “Child pornography is the exploitation of children, and that exploitation has been made even more prevalent by the growth of the Internet and technology,” said attorney general Martha Coakley in a press release.
According to a probable cause statement, a state police officer assigned to the Internet crime task force discovered in late March that a computer IP address, which turned out to be assigned to Mr. Boldrini, was sharing files of suspected child pornography. On April 4, officers executed a search warrant at Mr. Boldrini’s Worcester avenue home, with Mr. Boldrini admitting to having about 20 child pornography files on his computer. According to the report, an onsite forensic review of his computer revealed hundreds of graphic images of children located on the computer’s hard drive.
Police also seized six hard drives, two additional laptop computers, and three thumb drives from the home, which will require further analysis.
Mr. Boldrini, who is from Brazil, has been placed on an immigration detainer. According to court documents, he is a carpenter, but was fired from his place of employment the day before the search. He has lived in the Worcester avenue home for about seven years.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled for today.