A 47-year-old Framingham man who worked in the Stoneham public school system was charged Wednesday with allegedly posing a child in the nude after he allegedly pretended to be a 14-year-old boy and solicited indecent images from a 15-year-old girl in Maine, according to Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone's office.
Steven Orloff, 47, of Framingham, was arraigned Wednesday in Framingham District Court on charges of distribution of obscene matter and posing or exhibiting a child in the nude.
Orloff worked within the central office of the Stoneham public school system, but did not have direct contact with students, according to Leone's office.
Orloff served as director of student services since July 2011, said Stoneham Superintendent Les Olson.
A statement from Olson confirmed that Orloff had not been assigned to provide any direct services to students, and noted that he has been placed on paid administrative leave pending further review.
"The Stoneham School Department has been cooperating with authorities in this investigation, and Mr. Orloff has been placed on administrative leave and directed to refrain from any contact with the Stoneham Public Schools," the statement said.
According to authorities, Orloff allegedly began talking online with a 15-year-old girl from Maine. He told her that he was a 14-year-old boy and they exchanged photos, though Orloff did not send an actual photo of himself. Orloff and the girl continued to chat online and the victim sent him illicit photos of herself.
Orloff was held on $20,000 cash bail with certain conditions: he cannot commit any new crimes; he cannot use the Internet; he must stay away from Stoneham public schools; he must vacate his marital home; he cannot have contact with children under 18; and he must surrender his passport.
“This defendant used the Internet to solicit indecent images from a minor,” Leone said in a statement. “This is another stark reminder of how the Internet can be used by strangers to contact young, vulnerable victims and place them in dangerous situations."
The defendant’s next court date is Jan. 14 for a probable cause hearing.
The investigation is ongoing. The case is being investigated by Framingham police and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office in Portland, Maine.
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