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Peabody man busted for child porn again

BOSTON — A Peabody man previously convicted of trading in child pornography has pleaded guilty to new charges after investigators found dozens of illegal images on his computer.

Raymond Scanzani, 62, a lifetime parolee, is being held without bail until he is sentenced in January. 

The terms of his parole allowed authorities to install software on Scanzani’s computer in his Andover Street apartment. As a result, investigators monitored his online activities and recorded keystrokes, social media activity, search history, and websites visited.

Last summer, a review of his computer revealed possible violations had occurred, investigators said. A search warrant was executed and detectives found numerous images displaying the “lascivious exhibition of infants’ and toddlers’ genitals.” 

In addition, documents embedded in the images describe in graphic detail an adult sexually molesting a child.

Jason Defreitas, a special agent from the Cyber Group of the Department of Homeland Security, testified he discovered evidence of child porn, as well as instructions reminding viewers “it is absolutely necessary to gain the boy’s trust and begin to form a loving bond with him before he could begin the first stages of molestation.”

Scanzani has served eight years in federal prison for child pornography charges. He confessed that he downloaded and shared as many as 20,000 images of young children through a variety of online sharing services in the mid 2000s. 

 

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