ANDOVER — A man who was the IT director for a local health care technology company pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges during his arraignment in Salem Superior Court on Monday. 

John P. Curran, 58, was indicted last month on nine counts of possessing child pornography, the result of an investigation that began when a Rowley police officer discovered that Curran had allegedly downloaded thousands of images of teenage girls, as well as younger children. 

Curran later admitted to downloading as many as 20,000 images and videos. 

He remains free on $7,500 cash bail, with the same conditions that were set in the Lawrence District Court following his arraignment there last year, including surrendering his passport.

Judge Thomas Drechsler added additional conditions limiting his use of a computer and allowing probation officers to conduct random inspections, and that he have no unsupervised contact with children. 

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for July 29. 

Curran had been working for Philips Healthcare, which manufactures medical equipment, at the time he was charged last year.  

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

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