Arlington man indicted in 2nd child-pornography case

Middlesex District Court

An Arlington man who was arrested in July on child-pornography charges for the second time in two years has been indicted by a grand jury in Woburn.

Mason Lister, 22, of Lancaster Road, was charged with possessing child pornography (two counts), subsequent offense and distribution of child pornography. The Assistant District Attorney is Katharine Folger.

In July Arlington police arrested Lister, a former Newton day-care worker who had been arrested on similar charges last year, and charged him with possession and distribution of child pornography.

Police noted he was "known to police." In fact, last year Patch reported police alleged that Lister, a former Newton day-care worker, who did not work with children, traded obscene images of children using social-media platforms. He formerly worked at Family ACCESS day care on Waltham Street in Newton.

In July members of the Arlington Police Criminal Investigation Bureau working with the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force served a search warrant at his home and found a cell phone with several images of what they described as child pornography. Police said Lister allegedly used the social-networking website Skout.com to trade explicit images of children.

"The Arlington Police Department takes an extremely strong stance on child exploitation, and we dedicate resources to not only finding missing and exploited children, but also rooting out those who create, distribute, or possess depictions of child sexual abuse," Chief Ryan said. "We will continue to pursue these felons in an aggressive manner."

The indictment, handed down between Aug. 3 and Sept. 20, was announced Oct. 17.


This news announcement was published Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The information is from a story published by Patch, and it is used with permission. 

 
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