Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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September 27, 2012

Arrests part of child-porn crackdown

Two Andover men arrested and charged in the past two weeks with receiving child pornography are among hundreds of Americans that law enforcement says ordered videos from a Canadian movie-distribution company that has been closed down.

William Thomas, 64, of 4A Colonial Drive, is the second Andover man arrested and charged with receiving child pornography as a result of the investigation. Thomas’ arrest last Thursday, Sept. 20 came a week after the high profile arrest of pediatrician Richard Keller, of Cyr Circle. The only connection between the men seems to be that they allegedly ordered videos from the same company.

Thomas was expected to have a detention hearing late Wednesday morning, after Townsman deadline, to determine if he will seek and be granted bail.

An affidavit states that Thomas made 15 separate orders between August 2005 and March 2011, purchasing 18 separate titles at a cost of more than $600.

The affidavit made specific mention of a March 25, 2011 order for “Raw Rewind Vol. 2,” a two disc DVD costing $27.90. The video included boys under 18 naked in the shower, at an indoor pool and in a sauna, and engaged in “sexually explicit conduct.”

The DVD set was found under Thomas’ mattress, according to documents.

During the search of Thomas’ Andover home, law enforcement officials seized approximately 200 CDs and DVDs from a bedroom, and “multiple items of computer media.”

The affidavit created the day that Keller’s Andover home was raided said that federal agents removed more than 500 high-glass images and at least 60 to 100 DVDs of child pornography from Keller’s home.

Neighbors said that agents were at his home from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

“There was certainly more evidence seized during the course of the search,” than the 500 images and 60 to 100 DVDs, said Christina DiIorio-Sterling, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney.

Keller had been working as a pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, as a pediatrics instructor at Harvard Medical School, and at two overnight camps.

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