Granby man arrested again on child pornography charges

@amandadrane
Published: 9/11/2016 10:42:12 PM

GRANBY — A man previously convicted of child pornography offenses was arrested Thursday on similar charges.

According to Granby police, the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit of the Massachusetts State Police traced child pornography activity to the computer IP address of Eric Lacoste, 34, of 11 Darrel Avenue. Police said they obtained a search warrant Saturday, looked through the home and found further evidence of child pornography.

Police charged him with posing a child under 18 in a state of nudity for the purpose of reproduction, Massachusetts Common Law violation, disseminating child pornography and the dissemination of harmful matter to a minor (subsequent offense).

Lacoste was ordered held on $250,000 bail until his arraignment Monday in Eastern Hampshire District Court. Granby Police Officer James White and Detective Barbara Fenn are working with members of the State Police Detective Unit and the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office on the ongoing investigation.

In 2014, Lacoste was charged with dissemination of obscene matter to a minor, posing or exhibiting a child in a state of nudity and one count of possession of child pornography.

Those charges came after a mother told police Lacoste had been making sexually inappropriate remarks to her 13-year-old daughter on Facebook. Upon further investigation, police said they found photographs of girls between the ages of 10 and 14 engaged in sex acts with men, and a photo of a nude boy between 12 and 14 in a sexually suggestive pose in his possession. Police also said Lacoste had been visiting a website with images of children engaged in violent sex and bondage acts.

He was sentenced to 2 ½ years in Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, with six months to be served and the balance suspended under several conditions, including five years of probation, sex offender treatment and no unsupervised contact with children.

Amanda Drane can be reached at adrane@gazettenet.com




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