Probation Officer Arraigned For Child Exploitation

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Friday a Brookline probation officer and Little League umpire was arraigned for child pornography charges.

Earlier in October, the Boston Police Department said they received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who alleged that Michael O’Reilly of West Roxbury had shared sexual abuse content via a messenger app.

An investigation began and was assigned to the Boston Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and Human Trafficking Unit, with assistance from members of the FBI and Homeland Security. Police issued a search warrant for O’Reilly’s home, where they found objects that contained child sexual abuse material.

Suffolk Country District Attorney Rachael Rollins said, “As parents, caretakers and adults of conscience, these allegations are disturbing and difficult to hear, let alone talk about.” District Attorney Rollins applauded the officers and investigators for their quick action in their response.

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On Friday O’Reilly appeared and pleaded not guilty in West Roxbury Division of Boston Municipal Court, to one count each of posing a child in a state of nudity and dissemination of child pornography, and two counts of possession of child pornography. He was released from the Boston Police station after posting a $5,000 bail. Conditions of his release said he was to have no contact with children below the age of 18 and must wear a GPS tracking device.

O’Reilly is a probation officer assigned to Brookline District Court and served as an umpire for the Parkway Little League in West Roxbury.

“Perpetrators of these crimes rely on their victim’s silence,” District Attorney Rollins said, “We want victims to know they are not alone, and perpetrators need to know that we will hold them accountable- my office is available to provide services to abuse and exploitation survivors in Suffolk County.”

WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports.

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