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November 26, 2012

Man facing child porn charges released

ANDOVER — A man arrested as part of a child-pornography crackdown has been released from prison as he awaits trial.

William Thomas, who lived on Colonial Drive prior to his arrest, was released to the custody of a friend, according to Christina Dilorio-Sterling, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston. Thomas was released under several conditions, including electronic monitoring.

Thomas was arrested in September on charges of receiving child pornography. U.S. postal inspectors searched his home and seized more than 200 DVDs and CDs containing child pornography, according to an affidavit filed by U.S. Postal Inspector Scott Kelley. The items were found in is bedroom, the affidavit said.

Indictments are expected for both Thomas and Richard Keller, a Cyr Circle resident who was arrested days earlier as part of the crackdown, according to Dilorio-Sterling. Keller was a pediatric endocrinologist at Children’s Hospital Boston and medical director of Phillips Academy for 19 years. The two cases are unrelated, investigators said.

Dilorio-Sterling refused to comment on when the indictments of the two men are expected to happen.

The government argued against Thomas’ release, saying he should be considered a danger to society, according to Dilorio-Sterling. The U.S. District Court disagreed, however, and ordered his release on Nov. 15, according to court documents.

He was released to the custody of Carol Fournier, a friend of Thomas, according to Dilorio-Sterling. Thomas cannot return to his home in Andover, according to the conditions of his release.

As part of his release, Thomas can’t “frequent or loiter in any place where children under the age of 18 congregate, including schools, parks, playgrounds, video arcades, libraries, fast-food restaurants, beaches, etc.,” a court document reads.

Thomas also can’t possess any device with Internet access, including a computer, cellphone or gaming console. He also can’t possess any form of pornographic material.

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