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January 26, 2013

Peabody man admits to downloading, sharing child porn

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On the morning police showed up at their home, his wife told them “I told him to stop downloading that (expletive),” said the prosecutor.

All of the images were available to other users of the file sharing services, and had file names that were commonly used to search for child pornography, including “Lolilta” and a designation for pre-teen “hardcore” images, said the prosecutor. At the time police seized the computers, they discovered later, seven Limewire users were downloading images from Bushway’s hard drive.

Some of the images depicted the rape of children, she said. The investigators also found approximately 3,000 images of adult pornography, which is legal.

“This is a case where the defendant admits he went and sought out thousands of images, including images of children being raped,” said the prosecutor, who urged a state prison term of three to five years.

Moriarty expressed concern about whether Bushway understands that his actions were wrong, citing a psychological evaluation and a letter Bushway himself wrote to the judge, in which he appears to still be in denial.

Lowy shared those concerns, noting that the letter from Bushway indicated that the downloads were an accident, and that Bushway didn’t understand what he did wrong.

Jeffrey Denner, Bushway’s attorney, argued that his client is simply someone “painfully unable to express himself,” but who has come to realize over the past two years that his actions were wrong. “It’s been an unfolding process,” said Denner, who was urging the judge to impose probation and house arrest.

“He always knew it was wrong, morally, legally, and in every other way,” said Denner.

“Forgetting about all this today, this is a very fine man,” said Denner, noting Bushway’s family support, the fact that he had held the same job, working on the mainframe computer for Stop and Shop for more than 30 years, and his lack of a prior record.

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