Laino allegedly had hundreds of images, dozens of videos, on cellphones

BOSTON — An Auburn man was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography earlier this week.

Jesse Laino, 26, was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of possession of child pornography, according to the United States Attorney’s Office. Laino was released on conditions following an initial appearance in federal court in Worcester on Wednesday.

As alleged in charging documents, federal agents executed a search of Laino and his residence and seized two cellphones that contained child pornography, including hundreds of images and dozens of videos, the U.S. Attorney’s Office alleged.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Michael Shea, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Auburn Police Chief Andrew J. Sluckis, Jr.; and Worcester Police Chief Steven M. Sargent made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Mulcahy of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This is not Laino’s first arrest. On May 1, 2017, he was arrested on charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, possession of a Class C drug, and wantonly injuring real or personal property. He was also arrested shortly after midnight on January 3, 2018, for alleged drunk driving.

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