Burlington Man Faces New Child-porn Charges

September 7, 2018

BOSTON -- A former Cub Scout leader and civilian employee at Hanscom Air Force Base who was facing child pornography charges in state court was additionally charged in federal court Thursday after an encrypted cache of even more child pornography was found on one of his computers, according to a press release.

William Gates, 41, of Burlington, has been facing state-level child pornography charges since March. A tip from authorities in Australia led police to seize several of his electronic devices that contained more than 1,000 images of child pornography, according to prosecutors.

Gates was indicted in Middlesex Superior Court on five counts of possession of child pornography earlier this year. He was scheduled for a change of plea hearing on Friday, according to court records.

But on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling announced that Gates was additionally charged with a single count of possession of child pornography in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Lelling said in a press release that, last week, a further forensic analysis of Gates’ laptop computer revealed an encrypted volume containing about 2,900 images and 70 videos of child pornography, in addition to a document called “How to Practice Child Love,” which claims to be “a guide to teach adults how to practice sex with children.”

Gates was free on personal recognizance as his state court charges were pending, with orders to have no contact with children and to use the internet only for job searches, according to court records.

Following his arrest by federal authorities, Gates was ordered held pending a detention hearing Friday in U.S. District Court.

Lelling said in a press release that the Australian authorities who tipped off local investigators about Gates observed Gates posting a photo of an approximately 6-year-old boy on a website known for hosting child pornography.

Gates allegedly identified the boy as a student on a field trip he was chaperoning for his son’s elementary school, according to Lelling.

Lelling said that members of the public who have questions, concerns, or information about the case should call 617-748-3274.

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