Lynn assistant chief probation officer charged with child exploitation

Lynn assistant chief probation officer charged with child exploitation

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BOSTON — An assistant chief probation officer for Lynn District Court was arrested and charged in Boston with child exploitation.

Federal authorities arrested and charged Brian Orlandella, 46, of Beverly with one count of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of transfer of obscene material to a minor.

According to court documents, in May 2018 a mother in Texas alerted local authorities about messages her 13-year-old daughter had been exchanging with an adult man, later identified as Orlandella.

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The messages were being sent via Kik and revealed conversations where the man had sent the girl images of him masturbating and asking her to send him naked pictures and videos of her.

In the messages, the girl told the man she was a minor and he acknowledged he was much older than she was.

Authorities traced back the suspect's IP address to Orlandella's Beverly home, where they then , with a search warrant, found and seized photos which are now undergoing forensic analysis.

If convicted, Orlandella is facing a minimum sentence of 15 years and up to 30 years in federal prison as well as a fine of $250,000.

Orlandella appeared in court on Monday and is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Friday.