BOSTON — Disclaimer: This story contains details that some may find disturbing.
A 32-year-old Jamaica Plain man was arraigned Thursday on charges that he conspired with another person to sexually assault an infant. Prosecutors also allege he had over 1,000 images of child pornography that he shared and distributed through the Kik app.
According to a release from Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, Brandon Blair, who was a pharmacist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit rape of a child; enticement, solicitation, dissemination of child pornography, possession of child pornography and dissemination of obscene matter to a child.
A Beth Israel spokesperson said they could not comment on personnel matters but confirmed Blair was no longer employed at the hospital.
Assistant District Attorney Alyssa Tochka of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Unit requested that he be held without bail depending on the outcome of a dangerousness hearing that will take place on Nov. 3.
An investigation by the Boston Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, Massachusetts State Police and law enforcement officers from other states began in August 2020 in response to a tip by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
During the investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant for Blair’s Kik account. Prosecutors say it revealed nearly 1,000 images of suspected child sexual assault material depicting rape, abuse, and exploitation of children as young as infants.
Additionally, the investigation revealed the Blair became friends with a child on Snapchat and used the app to send the child an explicit picture of himself.
He is also accused of using the app Discord to conspire with another person to forcibly rape the person’s infant child.
DA Rollins says behavior like this happens more than the public would like to believe.
Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.
Rollins says it is important for parents and those with children in their lives to be aware of the risks that young people face online.
To help address those risks, Rollins' office created an online safety training program called Stop Block and Talk.
It helps equip families with information and skills to stay safe online.
If you are a victim or know victims of child sexual assault and abuse, you should call 911 or find resources here.
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