A Revere man was ordered held on $75,000 cash bail today after his arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court on charges including aggravated rape of a child, prosecutors said.
Geraldo Desouza, 42, also faces charges of dissemination of material harmful to minors, posing or exhibiting a child in a state of nudity or partial nudity, photographing or recording an unsuspecting person in a state of nudity or partial nudity, and possession of a counterfeit Registry of Motor Vehicles document, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said in a statement.
Desouza was ordered by Clerk Magistrate Connie Wong, if he makes bail, to stay away from his victims and any other children under 16.
Desouza was charged after allegedly exchanging explicit texts and online chat messages between 2009 and early this year with victims who were girls between the ages of 11 and 15, the statement said.
State Police who were investigating online child pornography sharing were able to determine that Desouza had child pornography files on his computer at his address in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Boston police were notified of the case and found the pornography and a counterfeit ID in a February search. Desouza was not home, the statement said.
After the search, Desouza’s roommates demanded he leave. Desouza moved to Revere and was arrested March 29. He has been in custody since then, the statement said.
Police found that not only was Desouza collecting child pornography, he was requesting that minors send him explicit images of themselves. Desouza also sent explicit images of himself to two victims, the statement said.
In one incident, Desouza allegedly took a victim to Copley Place and the zoo, and then to his Hyde Park residence where he engaged in sexual activity with her. Because the girl was under 16 years old, she could not legally consent to the activity, the statement said.
“Every parent and guardian should be concerned about this case,” District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement. “Online predators will lie, flatter, and threaten children to get what they want. Kids need to know about limits and personal safety, and parents and guardians have to be the ones to teach them. Most important, though, is that kids and teens know they can come to trusted adults when they’re scared or concerned about something happening online.”Melissa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson