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Danvers man facing child pornography charges

Posted by Ryan Mooney  December 14, 2012 12:07 PM

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A Danvers man is being charged with a single count each of possession and distribution of child pornography after state police accessed fourteen video files depicting prepubescent girls engaged in sexual acts through an online file sharing program.

State police assigned to the Essex County District Attorney's office were able to trace the videos to a computer at home in Danvers. 

Erik Resto, 22, was taken into custody on Wednesday after troopers executed a search warrant, according to a police report. Police were acting on a tip from the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, according to a statement from District Attorney spokeswoman Carrie Kimball-Monahan,

Resto admitted to state police during an interview that he downloads and looks at child pornography, according to a report by State Trooper James Dowling.

He also stated that "he knew child pornography is wrong and he believes he has a problem, but would never touch a child regardless of his attraction to young girls," Dowling said in his report.

Resto pleaded not guilty to the charges on Thursday in Salem District Court. Judge Michael Lauranzano set bail at $50,000 and ordered Resto not to use a computer or access the internet, and to have no contact with anyone under 18.

Attorney Steve Reardon represented Resto for bail purposes only, according to Monahan, and it is unclear who will be representing him going forward.

Resto is due back in court on January 7.

Ryan Mooney can be reached at globe.mooney@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mooney_ryan.

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