A Massachusetts man has been indicted for the alleged sexual assault of a child, enticing another to create child pornography for him, and sharing graphic images of minors through a smartphone app, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins.
A Suffolk County grand jury returned indictments Tuesday charging Domenic D'Amore, 29, of East Boston, with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14; four counts of trafficking in persons for sexual servitude; four counts of dissemination of matter harmful to a minor; three counts of posing a child in a state of nudity; eight counts of dissemination of child pornography; two counts of possession of child pornography; and two counts of possession with intent to distribute child pornography.
The indictments move the case to Suffolk Superior Court.
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Authorities say an investigation began in December when workers at a Revere pawn shop called police after they allegedly found images depicting child pornography on a phone D'Amore had sold.
An examination of the phone allegedly revealed hundreds of graphic images and videos of children being sexually abused or posed in a sexual manner, according the district attorney.
Prosecutors said D'Amore had shared and received similar images through the Kik app on multiple occasions. In messages sent on the app, D'Amore allegedly made statements that he had sexually abused a young child who was known to him.
According to the district attorney, the victim underwent a forensic interview and admitted abuse by D'Amore.
Authorities say D'Amore is also charged with trafficking persons for sexual servitude for allegedly enticing a teenage victim to create child pornography via text messages.
"These charges are disturbing and represent some of the worst crimes against children," Rollins said. "Survivors who have been exploited through child pornography may never be fully able to put these offenses in the past, because the images of their abuse live on. They bear the pain of knowing that individuals across the globe — and possibly even in their own community — are viewing photos and videos of the most painful and degrading moments of their lives."
D'Amore was arraigned in January in Chelsea District Court in connection with the case. His arraignment on the indictments in Suffolk Superior Court are expected at a later date.