Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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November 29, 2012

Man arrested for child porn to be released

Indictments expected following two September arrests

ANDOVER — Indictments are coming soon for two men arrested as part of a child-porn DVD crackdown in September, but one has been released from prison prior to trial.

William Thomas, who lived on Colonial Drive prior to his arrest, was released into the custody of a friend last week under a number of conditions, including electronic monitoring, according to Christina Dilorio-Sterling, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston.

Thomas and Richard Keller, a Cyr Circle resident, were both arrested in September on charges of receipt of child pornography, according to Dilorio-Sterling.

They stand accused of purchasing DVDs containing child pornography from a movie production company located outside the United States that operates a website selling DVDs and streaming videos, most of which “feature young minor boys,” according to a complaint affidavit.

Federal agents raided Keller’s home in September and removed from a bedroom more than 500 high-gloss photos and at least 60 to 100 DVDs of child pornography, as well as computers, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Around a week later, U.S. Postal Inspectors seized over 200 DVDs and CDs from Thomas’ bedroom containing child pornography, according to an affidavit filed by Scott Kelley, a U.S. Postal Inspector.

Keller was a pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and medical director of Phillips Academy for 19 years. The two cases are unrelated.

Thomas is being released into the custody of Carol Fournier, a friend to Thomas, according to Dilorio-Sterling. Thomas can’t return to his home in Andover.

The court order releasing Thomas from prison indicates that Fournier lives in Ipswich, but no further information was available. Pamela Carakatsane, town clerk in Ipswich, said the town doesn’t have a Carol Fournier listed in its street listing.

As part of his release, Thomas can’t “frequent or loiter in any place where children under the age of 18 congregate, including schools, parks, playgrounds, video arcades, libraries, fast-food restaurants, beaches, etc.”

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