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July 25, 2013

Police: Man sold child porn online

Beverly: Accused lived across from middle school

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An Internet search also led investigators to the website Alibris, which sells used and rare books.

Hager’s online profile indicated that he specialized in “boy-love — in fiction, nonfiction, photobooks, photomagazines, CD-Roms, portfolios, etc.”

Dorothy Davis, a marketing manager for Alibris, said their policies “clearly prohibit the listing and sale of this kind of material.”

“This seller’s account has been terminated consistent with our policies,” Davis said in an emailed statement.

Amazon did not respond to an email request for comment prior to yesterday’s Salem News deadline.

On both his Amazon and Alibris pages, Hager received positive reviews from customers; he had a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon, according to his seller profile page.

On the morning of May 16, federal agents, postal inspectors and police, armed with a search warrant, showed up at Hager’s apartment.

According to an affidavit in the case, Hager admitted selling images of child pornography and what he termed “child erotica” on Amazon for more than five years, and to selling similar items on Alibris for nine to 12 months, before Alibris informed him that his items were “inappropriate” and removed them from the site.

Hager also admitted sending the package to Georgia, according to the affidavit.

Hager allegedly said that while he knows child pornography is illegal, “the government has no right to come into his home and take his pictures.”

He also said he was “not hurting anyone” and believed he could share the images with friends or customers.

Hager is identified in several online profiles, including his own LinkedIn page, as a translator of classic Chinese and ancient Latin poetry and a former English professor at the University of Colorado, who holds degrees from McGill University in Montreal and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

His court-appointed attorney did not return a call seeking comment.

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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