SALEM — A Salem man has pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he coerced a teenage girl into sending him nude photos and explicit videos of herself, at one point insisting that they be "porn star quality," starting when she was 14.
Michael Carr, 39, is being held without bail on charges that include one count of indecent assault and battery, three counts of posing a child in a nude or lascivious manner and two counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor. He'll be back in Salem Superior Court on Jan. 21 for a hearing to determine whether his release poses a danger.
Carr was initially charged last August, after the teenager and her grandmother went to police to report what had been happening since the fall of 2018, when Carr allegedly began asking for topless photos of the then 14-year-old girl.
The girl also said that Carr made sexually suggestive and explicit comments to her.
She opted not to go to police at that time out of concern for Carr's family.
According to a police report, Carr offered the girl marijuana or THC and alcohol.
A series of text messages were turned over to Salem police, in which Carr allegedly discusses what he wants the girl to do in the photos and videos. He also sent her examples of what he wanted to see, according to a police report.
Carr allegedly told the girl he would tell her mother she was vaping if she did not comply with his requests. He also tried to get her to "wipe" her phone of evidence.
When he learned that the girl had told her family what was going on, police say, he called her 11 times in one minute. He was later admitted to a hospital for an evaluation prior to his initial arraignment in Salem District Court last September.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis.