February 26, 2024

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The person rented a room on the daycare website in West Bridgewater however didn’t work there or work together with the youngsters who attended, authorities stated.

Authorities arrested a West Bridgewater man Wednesday morning who rented a room in the identical constructing as a residential daycare and accused him of receiving little one pornography whereas dwelling there, in line with court docket paperwork. 

Juan Levano, 23, faces one rely of receipt of kid pornography. 

Regulation enforcement officers narrowed in on Levano by using an internet chat app, in line with a felony criticism filed in U.S. District Courtroom. The app, which is unnamed within the criticism, permits customers to have encrypted one-on-one chats or group chats. The app is usually used for unlawful actions together with the change of kid pornography because of the “excessive diploma of anonymity” it provides. 

In November, officers with the U.S. Division of Homeland Safety working in South Africa assisted native police within the arrest of a South African nationwide for the possession and distribution of kid pornography. That individual agreed to let authorities assume his identification on the app. He was concerned in two large-scale chats the place little one pornography was exchanged, in line with the criticism. 

Brokers tracked the IP deal with of 1 person to West Bridgewater. By a evaluation of data they discovered that the deal with contained a registered and licensed residence daycare for youngsters, and that Levano lived there, Geoffrey Paige, a particular agent with Homeland Safety Investigations, wrote within the criticism. Levano’s deal with was listed as 15 Brooks Place.

Authorities executed search warrants on the property simply after 6 a.m. on Wednesday. Levano was not initially current, however arrived quickly after. He agreed to talk with brokers, and informed them that he rented a room on the property however didn’t work on the daycare or have contact with the youngsters who attended it. This was confirmed by the proprietor of the property, Paige wrote. 

Levano stated he downloaded the app after receiving a message on Fb from an unknown individual that contained a hyperlink for the app. He estimated that he started utilizing the app in Could. Levano informed brokers that he was a part of about 10 group chats on the app and that he had saved recordsdata containing little one pornography from the app to his iPhone, in line with the criticism. 

Brokers reviewed an iPhone that Levano had on him. They recognized about 100 totally different conversations that Levano was part of. The conversations had titles that referenced phrases for youngsters in Spanish or included the letters “CP,” Paige wrote. 

Authorities searched the photographs saved to the iPhone. They discovered “roughly 109 movies and 4 photos in a hidden album, a lot of which seem to depict little one pornography.” The recordsdata “appeared to depict prepubescent females and males, ranging in age from roughly six to 12 years outdated,” Paige wrote. The criticism accommodates graphic descriptions of a few of the recordsdata. 

Levano stays in federal custody following an preliminary look in federal court docket in Boston.