Local and federal officials this week arrested two people on child-porn charge - one a nanny who allegedly distributed sexually explicit photos of children and instructed others on how to pose children for more photos.
Stephanie Lak, 36, of Roxbury, was arraigned yesterday in Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of possession of child pornography and distribution of material of a child in a sex act. Judge Debra DelVecchio set bail at $5,000 - prosecutors had asked for $50,000 - and ordered here to stay away from children and not take a job involving childcare.
According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which says Lak recruited parents for her nanny business on sittercity.com:
As part of the investigation, which is active and on-going, investigators discovered communications from Lak in which she identifies herself as a nanny and was in a virtual conversation with a caregiver from Minnesota encouraging him to harm children in his care and, in fact, volunteered to assist him in doing so.
The DA's office adds:
In March 2021, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) contacted Boston Police Department’s Crimes Against Children unit with information that eight separate images of child sexual abuse were being trafficked over an IP address in Roxbury. ...
On April 15, 2021, BPD and the FBI’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force executed a search warrant at Lak’s residence and seized a laptop and three smart phones. On April 27, 2021, Lak was interviewed by members of the investigative team and admitted receiving and sending about 100 files of child sexual abuse material, and to engaging in conversation with other social media users in which the abuse of children was discussed.
Separately, BPD officers armed with a federal search warrant arrested Robinson Baez-Nova, 36, of Forest Hills Street in Jamaica Plain, on Tuesday on similar federal charges.
According to an affidavit by an FBI agent in Baez-Nova's case, Google discovered "material that Google believed was child pornography" on Baez-Nova's Gmail account - some 184 images and videos uploaded between 2018 and 2020, some of which are graphically described in the affidavit.
The FBI says it found additional images on one of his phones, which had been seized by police in Nashua, NH, after a traffic stop there:
The images and videos include depictions of prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts with adults, further, images and videos depict bondage and bestiality.