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November 15, 2012

Man accused of trying to lure teen boy

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Isgur’s lawyer, Geoffrey Nathan, said his client has taken a leave of absence from his job “to enable him to address the issues that bring him to court.” Nathan handed the judge a letter from a mental health therapist reporting that Isgur is receiving treatment.

He asked for a lower bail, pointing to family members in the courtroom who were prepared to post $2,000 yesterday.

“He never met the child,” Nathan pleaded.

Judge Michael Lauranzano set the bail at $2,500 cash, with conditions that include a GPS bracelet to track Isgur’s whereabouts, an order that he stay away from the boy and all children under 18, that he sign a waiver allowing probation officers to check on whether he is still in treatment, and that until the GPS is set up, he must remain confined to his home.

The judge also ordered him not to use a computer or go online.

Family members who were present for yesterday’s arraignment posted his bail shortly after Isgur was taken into custody in the courtroom. He is due back in court on Dec. 13 for a probable cause hearing.

According to reports in The New York Times and Forbes last June, Skout, which uses the slogan “Flirt, Friend, Chat,” had created a separate teen area of the site last year after receiving reports of at least three sexual assaults of teenagers by older users posing as their peers. The site has since banned all minors.

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

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