PITTSFIELD -- A city man pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to eight child pornography charges and was released on his own recognizance.

John A. Sacco, 46, of Pine Grove Drive, used the peer-to-peer file sharing network BitTorrent between Jan. 1 and Jan. 15 to send and get child pornography over the Internet, according to police and prosecutors.

Sacco's charges came following a joint investigation between the Pittsfield Police, state police detectives assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and agents from Homeland Security.

Sacco, appearing with his attorney, Leonard H. Cohen, pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to seven counts of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct and a single count of dissemination of visual material of a child in a state of nudity or sexual conduct.

Second Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III did not ask for bail in the case, telling the court that the charges against Sacco came via direct indictment, meaning Sacco wasn't arrested, and had appeared on his own.

Judge John A. Agostini ordered the defendant to submit to being fingerprinted and photographed by police following his arraignment.

A pretrial hearing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 10.


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