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December 14, 2012

Man faces child porn charges

DANVERS — A Nichols Street man was arrested on child pornography charges on Wednesday night after state police received a tip from an Internet crimes task force.

Erik Resto, 22, of 43 Nichols St., Danvers, was arrested by state police detectives working for the Essex County district attorney’s office on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, according to a press release from district attorney spokesperson Carrie Kimball Monahan.

Resto pleaded not guilty to the charges in Salem District Court yesterday. Judge Michael Lauranzano set Resto’s bail at $50,000 and ordered him not to use a computer, access the Internet or have contact with anybody under 18. He is due back in court on Jan. 7 for a probable cause hearing.

Monahan said Resto was arrested after the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force provided information to state police detectives.

“The ICAC Task Force is a national network comprised of over 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies,” Kimball Monahan said. “The task force targets offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems or computer technology to exploit children.”

Resto was represented by attorney Steve Reardon at the arraignment for bail purposes only, Monahan said. Essex Assistant District Attorney Heidi Sylvanowicz represented the commonwealth.

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