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March 12, 2014

Charge dropped against city man after court rules 'upskirting' not illegal

Child porn charge replaces allegation man took photo under girl's skirt

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Police filed the new charge against Hager in January.

O’Connell said the forensic analysis of Hager’s various electronics devices took much time to conduct and that testing is still ongoing.

Hager was originally scheduled to be arraigned on the new charge of possession of child pornography in February, but due to his lawyer being ill at that time, the hearing was continued to Monday in Haverhill District Court.

At Monday’s hearing, Judge Stephen Abany ordered Hager held on $10,000 cash bail, and ordered him to comply with similar conditions of release that were ordered at his arraignment last year. Those pretrial conditions include electronic monitoring, in home Sobrietor device, no Internet access or use of computers, cell phones or similar electronic devices, remain drug and alcohol free with screens, and have no contact with persons under the age of 18.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 16.

According to the District Attorney’ Office, if convicted of possession of child pornography, Hager could be sentenced to state prison for up to five years or to the house of correction for up to 2 1/2 years, or a fine of up to $10,000, or a fine and imprisonment. If convicted, he would also be required to register as a sex offender.

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