Randolph man pleads not guilty to child pornography charge
A Randolph man who allegedly had numerous images of child pornography in his home pleaded not guilty today at his arraignment in Quincy District Court, prosecutors said.
Francek-Hedy “Frank” Bastien, 28, faced one charge of possession of child pornography, after an investigation by the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force led authorities to his home, a statement from Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said.
“Our participation in the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is some of the most important work that we do, because every time one of these images is created, traded or viewed a child is re-victimized,” Morrissey said.
State Police detectives and Randolph police executed a search warrant on Bastien’s Old Street home today, where they allegedly found evidence sufficient to arrest him, the statement said.
Numerous sexually explicit images of children under the age of 18 were found, said district attorney’s spokesman David Traub. Authorities are still investigating material recovered from the home for more evidence, he said.
Judge Diane Moriarty ordered Bastien to have no Internet access, no contact with children under 18, stay away from his home, and surrender his passport, the statement said.
Bastien was held on $1,000 cash bail. He submitted a request for a Superior Court review of the bail, indicating that he could not pay it, the statement said.Todd Feathers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @ToddFeathers.