David Linnehan of Granby denies child pornography charges
BELCHERTOWN — A Granby man was arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court Tuesday on charges of possession of child pornography, according to the state attorney general’s office, which is investigating the matter.
The AG’s office reported that David Linnehan, 37, was arrested Monday night at his home in Granby with the assistance of Granby police. He was arraigned Tuesday morning before Judge Robert Pellegrini in district court in Belchertown, where he pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography.
Bail was set at $25,000 on condition that Linnehan surrender his passport, not leave the state of Massachusetts and be monitored via a GPS system, according to the AG’s office. He was also ordered to have no access to the Internet, no contact with any child under 18 and to stay away from parks, daycare centers and schools. It was unclear Tuesday evening whether Linnehan had posted bail.
Linnehan’s arrest was the result of a joint state and federal investigation, the AG’s office said. Last month, state police assigned to the AG’s office obtained information from federal authorities about an email account linked to Linnehan’s residence that they believed contained child pornography.
A search warrant was obtained and “investigators discovered that Linnehan allegedly possessed images of child pornography,” said a statement released Tuesday by the AG’s office. The warrant was executed and Linnehan was arrested Tuesday without incident.
Neither Granby police nor the AG’s office would provide details about the images found at Linnehan’s home or comment on whether there will be additional charges filed as a result of the investigation.
The AG’s office declined to comment on local media reports that Linnehan has a four-year-old son.
Linnehan is due back in court May 6 for a pre-trial conference.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Timothy Wyse of the AG’s Cyber Crime Division. In addition to Granby police, the investigation involves the AG’s Computer Forensics Lab, the state police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and agents from federal Homeland Security Investigations, according to the AG’s office.