SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 21, 2013

Beverly man gets 5 years for "extensive" child porn collection

BY JULIE MANGANIS
STAFF WRITER

---- — BEVERLY — A Beverly man described as “an extensive collector and trader” of child pornography will spend five years in federal prison.

Timothy Bird, 39, was sentenced on Thursday, four months after pleading guilty to charges that were first brought against him in January.

Federal prosecutors say that a search of computers and a camera seized from Bird’s home in 2012 turned up more than 32,000 images of child pornography.

An FBI investigator signed into a peer-to-peer file-sharing service was able to download child pornography from the computer of a user later identified through an investigation as Bird.

The images also included scenes of violence against children, said prosecutors.

Prosecutors said Bird “meticulously” organized his collection, continuing to seek out other means of obtaining images.

Prosecutors say Bird also admitted to visiting parks and playgrounds, and a carnival, in New York to photograph children he did not know.

Bird told investigators he had been downloading images for about 10 years.

His attorney, in a sentencing memo, said Bird was upset about his interest in children and sought counseling at least twice before he was charged, and considered turning himself in to authorities.

Bird’s lawyer cited his client’s suspicions that he had been sexually abused as a child.

The prison term will be followed by five years of probation and a $10,000 fine.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.