EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 1, 2013

Man sentenced in child porn case

Staff reports
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — An Andover man who law enforcement officials have said was among hundreds of Americans who ordered videos from a Canadian movie-distribution company was sentenced yesterday for possession of child pornography.

William S. Thomas, 65, who lived at 4A Colonial Drive at the time of his arrest in September 2012, was sentenced to 24 months in prison, 10 years of supervised release, a $2,500 fine and a requirement that he register as a sex offender with the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board.

Thomas pleaded guilty in July to possession of child pornography. Charges of receipt of child pornography were dismissed by the government upon acceptance by the court of Thomas’ plea, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

On various dates from 2005 to 2013, Thomas possessed videos, DVDs and pictures of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, the U.S. Attorney’s office reports.

During the search of Thomas’ Andover home following the execution of a federal search warrant last fall, law enforcement officials seized approximately 200 CDs and DVDs from a bedroom, and “multiple items of computer media.”

According to the affidavit at the time of his arrest, Thomas made 15 separate orders from August 2005 to March 2011, purchasing 18 separate titles at a cost of more than $600.

The affidavit made specific mention of a March 25, 2011, order for “Raw Rewind Vol. 2,” a two disc DVD costing $27.90. The video included boys under age 18 naked in the shower, at an indoor pool and in a sauna, and engaged in “sexually explicit conduct.” The DVD set was found under Thomas’ mattress, according to documents.

Thomas became the second Andover man arrested and charged last fall with receiving child pornography as a result of the investigation into the now-closed Canadian movie distribution company.

His Sept. 20 arrest came a week after the high-profile arrest of pediatrician Richard Keller, of Cyr Circle. The only connection between the men seemed to be that they allegedly ordered videos from the same company, according to officials.

In September, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced it was negotiating a plea agreement with Keller, a former pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and pediatrics instructor at Phillips Academy in Andover for 19 years.

Keller had pleaded not guilty in December 2012 to two counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography following his indictment on the charges.

The announcement on Thomas’ sentencing was made by U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; and Kevin Niland, inspector in charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; together with the Andover Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.