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November 13, 2013

City man faces child porn charges

Police: Files discovered after man brought laptop to Staples for repairs

HAVERHILL — Workers at a store in Plaistow discovered files containing children involved in sexual activity on a computer left there for repairs, police said.

That discovery has led to child pornography charges against a Haverhill man, police said.

David Keith, 31, is charged with possessing and distributing child pornography.

The store workers contacted police about the files and an investigation that turned up other information led to charges, investigators said.

Besides the computer files, the federal case against Keith also relies on December 2009 report by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that was submitted to the Massachusetts State Police cyber tip line, according to documents on file at U.S. District Court in Boston.

The tip line information indicated that a computer linked to Keith’s Haverhill address was likely the source of an email file that contained child pornography, court papers said.

The court papers are related to a Nov. 5 decision by U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole Jr. denying Keith’s request that the court suppress certain physical evidence found by police in a 2010 search of Keith’s home, as well as statements Keith made to investigators.

Keith’s attorney, public defender Timothy Watkins of Boston, did not a return a phone call for this story.

The judge’s decision said Keith admitted to New Hampshire investigators that the computer at the Staples store in Plaistow was his, and that he had viewed and downloaded files depicting images of children as young as 8 years old engaging in sexual activity.

Massachusetts State Police searched Keith’s home on Sept. 17, 2010, after they were contacted by New Hampshire police who were investigating the Staples computer, court papers said.

The search of Keith’s home “yielded incriminating information, and the defendant also made incriminating admissions after having been advised of his Miranda rights,” court paperwork said.

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