Man facing 20+ child porn charges released after court appearance

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A South Hadley man charged with multiple child pornography offenses was released after his arraignment in Hampshire Superior Court on Monday. 

The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office said a judge ordered 38-year-old Thomas Horton released on personal recognizance with conditions after he was arraigned on three counts of possession of child pornography (subsequence offense) and eight counts of dissemination of visual material depicting sexual conduct involving a child. 

These are new charges in addition to previous indictments accusing Horton of 20 counts of possession of child pornography.  

The DA’s Office said the new charges involve collections of images and video files of child pornography on digital media as dissemination of video files of abuse sent over a Google account to another Google account user. 

The original charges are from October 2019.

Officials released a statement after the announcement of the charges last fall:

“These charges stem from a lengthy investigation by the South Hadley Police Department following its receipt of a “cyber tip” from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  As part of that investigation, search warrants were obtained for digital media devices at the defendant’s residence, several of which were found to contain child pornography.  The 20 separate counts of possession of child pornography relate to 20 separate “caches” of photos and/or videos found within the defendant’s Google Photos account.”

-NORTHWESTERN DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE SPOKESWOMAN MARY CAREY

Horton is due back in Hampshire Superior Court for a pre-trial hearing on June 8. 

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