A former special needs director for the Stoneham school system preyed on hundreds of teenage girls that he met on the Internet by posing as a teenager himself and persuading them to engage in sexual acts online, which he recorded on video, a federal prosecutor said today.
Steven Orloff, 48, of Framingham, also allegedly hid a camera in his bathrooom so he could record two teenage girls whom he lived with as they entered the shower, officials said.
“This was someone who was very manipulative, incredibly so, over a long time, who preyed upon several hundred young girls,” Assistant US Attorney Stacy Belf said in federal court in Boston today.
Belf called on US Magistrate Judge Jennifer C. Boal to hold Orloff without bail. He faces a mandatory minimum 15-year prison sentence, and up to 30 years in prison on some charges. Belf called him a danger to the community who would flee if released.
Orloff’s attorney, Hank Brennan, argued that there is no evidence that Orloff would commit any crimes or would flee if released. He said Orloff had posted $70,000 bail and has worn an electronic monitoring bracelet since his initial arrest on state charges last year, and he has been working building homes and paying child support.
Boal said during the 80-minute hearing that she would decide at a later time whether to release Orloff.