Robert Sokolowski of Northampton pleads not guilty to child pornography charges; held on $10,000 bail
NORTHAMPTON — A city man is being held on $10,000 bail after denying charges he was in possession of child pornography and distributed nude images of children.
Robert F. Sokolowski Jr., 40, of 129 Pleasant St., Apt. 41, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Wednesday before Judge Jacklyn Connly to charges of possessing child pornography (second offense) and dissemination of child pornography.
According to court records, Northampton police received a tip from state police detectives that an image of a young girl posed naked had been uploaded to a Facebook account under the name “amy.addams.942” in May.
Police tracked the computer’s IP address to Sokolowski’s apartment and were granted a search warrant.
Sokolowski initially denied having any child pornography on his computer and having the suspicious Facebook account, according to police.
Sokolowski had to retrieve the computer from his room because police said the room was “unsafe and unsanitary” to enter, according to court records.
Police said they recovered about 200 suspected pornographic images from Sokolowski’s computer. Police said the ages of the children in the images ranged from infants to teens and included both boys and girls.
Sokolowski allegedly told police he opened the phony Facebook account to share material with another individual who had requested it through a chat room and he had uploaded the image so others could download it, according to court files.
According to police and published reports, Sokolowski was convicted in U.S. District Court in 2005 after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.
He was sentenced to 3 years and 10 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release by Judge Michael Ponsor.
Sokolowski is due back in court on July 31 for a bind-over hearing to determine if a change in bail is warranted.
Bob Dunn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.