EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 25, 2012

Man arrested for child porn to be released

Can't return to Andover home, is monitored electronically

By Dustin Luca
dluca@eagletribune.com

---- — ANDOVER — A man arrested as part of a child-pornography crackdown has been released from prison as he awaits trail.

William Thomas, who lived on Colonial Drive prior to his arrest, was released to the custody of a friend, according to Christina Dilorio-Sterling, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston. Thomas was released under several conditions, including electronic monitoring.

Thomas was arrested in September on charges of receiving child pornography. U.S. Postal Inspectors searched his home and seized more than 200 DVDs and CDs containing child pornography, according to an affidavit filed by U.S. Postal Inspector Scott Kelley. The items were found in his bedroom, the affidavit said.

Indictments are expected for both Thomas and Richard Keller, a Cyr Circle resident who was arrested days earlier as part of the child pornography crackdown, according to Dilorio-Sterling. Keller was a pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and medical director of Phillips Academy for 19 years. The two cases are unrelated, investigators said.

Dilorio-Sterling refused to comment on when the indictments of the two men are expected to happen.

The government argued against Thomas’ release, saying he should be considered a danger to society, according to Dilorio-Sterling. The U.S. District Court disagreed, however, and ordered his release on Nov. 15, according to court documents.

He was released to the custody of Carol Fournier, a friend of Thomas, according to Dilorio-Sterling. Thomas cannot return to his home in Andover, according to the conditions of his release.

As part of his release, Thomas can’t “frequent or loiter in any place where children under the age of 18 congregate, including schools, parks, playgrounds, video arcades, libraries, fast-food restaurants, beaches, etc.,” a court document reads.

Thomas also can’t possess any device with Internet access, including a computer, cell phone or gaming console. He also can’t possess any form of pornographic material.

In addition to the other conditions of his release, a $50,000 secured bond was required by the court, according to Dilorio-Sterling.

“If he doesn’t appear when he’s supposed to appear, or he flees, the government can seize $50,000 from his property,” she said.

Philip Cormier, Thomas’ attorney, could not be reached for comment.

In a memorandum arguing for Thomas’ release, Cormier wrote that Fournier has a background in mental health counseling. While she has three grown children, “she lives alone in a single family residence located on a secluded lot with one other home which has no children,” the memorandum reads.

The two have never been romantically involved, according to Cormier. Fournier also has a computer in her home, “but she is willing to discontinue internet services, and if necessary, remove her computer from the home,” reads a court document filed by Cormier.

The address of Fournier’s home is not available to the public, Dilorio-Sterling said. The court order releasing Thomas from prison indicates that Fournier lives in Ipswich, but no further information was available.

“It was not discussed in open court, and it wasn’t part of any of the court filings. Therefore her address can’t be provided,” Dilorio-Sterling said.

A phone call to Ipswich town officials to confirm Fournier’s residency was not returned.