Friday, August 29, 2014
NORTHAMPTON — A 33-year-old former Southampton man was sentenced to jail Thursday for possessing child pornography on his cell phone.
Bruce W. Molnar pleaded guilty in Northampton District Court to one count of possession of child pornography and was sentenced by Judge W. Michael Goggins to a year in the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction. Molnar also must register as a sex offender.
According to court documents, Southampton Police in May 2012 received a complaint from his then-roommate that Molnar had child pornography on his cell phone.
Molnar, who also has lived in Sandisfield and Northampton at times, was arrested May 24, 2012, in Southampton on several motor vehicle charges and police seized his cell phone. They obtained a warrant to search the phone and sent it to the Massachusetts State Police to examine.
Molnar’s phone was not inspected until March 2013 because of software problems, but a forensic examination by Sgt. Thomas Bakey of the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office turned up approximately 84 images of young girls between ages 5 to their early teens in various states of nudity, according to the DA’s office. The phone also contained approximately four images of girls under 18 years engaged in sexual acts with adult males, according to police.
Southampton police were not able to locate Molnar throughout 2013, but he was arrested by Holyoke Police on Aug. 10, 2014, on a default warrant during a police response on Jackson Street in that city, police records show. Holyoke Police listed Molnar’s address as 15 Cherry St. in Northampton at the time.
Molnar was being held on $100,000 bail since his arraignment on Aug. 11.
In a statement Thursday, Northwestern Assistant District Attorney Christine Tetrault, who prosecuted the case, commended the witness for coming forward with information about Molnar.
“We encourage any citizens who become aware of images of the sexual abuse of children to contact their local police department or the Northwestern District Attorney’s office immediately,” she said.
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