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July 25, 2013

Police: Man sold child porn online

Beverly: Accused lived across from middle school

A Beverly man who allegedly admitted to investigators that he sold approximately $60,000 worth of child pornography as an independent seller on Amazon is facing federal charges.

Stanton Hager, 66, had been living at the Garden City Towers, a Beverly Housing Authority building on Sohier Road across from Briscoe Middle School, until his arrest in May.

Now, he’s being held in federal custody, without bail, facing charges of possession and attempted distribution of child pornography, according to court papers. Prosecutors had sought to hold him without bail because they believe he poses a danger if released, according to court papers.

Police said that during questioning, Hager, a former college professor, admitted that he is sexually attracted to boys between the ages of 12 and 16, though he denied that he had ever acted on that attraction.

A document filed Friday in connection with the case indicates that Hager’s attorney and prosecutors are currently negotiating a possible resolution of the case.

Hager’s activities came to light in April when a postal employee in Atlanta mistakenly placed a package intended for a Georgia man into the mailbox of a bank.

A worker in the bank’s mail room opened the package and discovered printed pornographic images of children, according to an affidavit by a postal inspector. The items included a magazine about “boy-love,” four images showing boys engaging in sexual activity, a dozen other images of naked boys, and a handwritten note to the buyer offering the material “on approval.”

“If you decide to keep it, please send a check for $180. Enclosed also — surprise!” The note was signed by Hager, according to the affidavit.

The return address on the package identified Hager by name and address.

Investigators also learned that Hager had been identified as a customer of an overseas business that was suspected of distributing child pornography, including videos. Hager’s name also turned up in correspondence found at the home of a Mississippi man whose home was searched for child porn.

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