Friday, June 12, 2015

We Amesbury to Please

The hits will tell whether you liked it or not:

"Ex-Amesbury officer charged with sexually assaulting child" by John R. Ellement Globe Staff  June 04, 2015

A former Amesbury police sergeant was arrested by current members of the force and charged with sexually assaulting a child and with possession of child pornography, the department’s chief said in a statement Thursday.

David J. Connor, 62, of Amesbury, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Newburyport District Court to charges of aggravated rape of a child, two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, three counts of possession of child pornography, and indecent exposure, according to Carrie Kimball-Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney’s office.

Bail was set at $50,000, and Connor was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim, the child’s mother, or any children under age 16, have no use of electronic devices, turn over any firearms to police, and comply with a restraining order, Kimball-Monahan said.

The child was known to Connor, Police Chief Kevin J. Ouellet said in a statement reporting the arrest.

“This is a tragic situation where the suspect is accused of horrific acts against a child,” Ouellet stated.

Connor was a member of the Amesbury department from 1977 through 1991, when he left with the rank of sergeant, Ouellet said in his statement.

The charges stem from an investigation that began in August when the child’s parents contacted police. During interviews, the child reported “instances of sexual abuse over a multiyear period’’ that started when the child was as young as 4 years old, police said.

Using a search warrant, police seized Connor’s computer, which was analyzed by Peabody police computer forensic experts, who allegedly discovered images and videos of children stored on it, Ouellet stated.

“Information retrieved from the computer, along with the department’s investigation into the suspect and the victim’s statements, provided Amesbury Police with sufficient evidence to bring charges’’ against Connor, the chief stated.