PITTSFIELD -- A Lee man has been sentenced to two years of probation after admitting to possessing child pornography.

Michael Cahalan, 44, was charged in February 2013 after members of the state police executed a search warrant at his home of and found videos involving preteen boys and girls in sexual conduct, according to Second Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III.

The investigation began a month earlier and was conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The Massachusetts ICAC Task Force, headquartered in Pittsfield, investigates crimes involving the use of the Internet to exploit children, among other duties.

During the investigation Cahalan admitted to police that he used to have a problem with downloading and viewing child porn through a peer-to-peer computer network called BitTorrent, but had since stopped looking at these types of images, Kinzer said.

Cahalan, appearing with attorney Robert L. Jubinville, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Monday to three counts of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

A charge of dissemination of child pornography was dismissed at the request of the DA's Office as part of the plea deal between that agency and Cahalan's attorney.


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Both parties asked the court to sentence the defendant to two years of probation with conditions that include requirements that Cahalan wear a GPS monitor, continue counseling, have no unsupervised contact with anyone under 18, register as a sex offender and use the Internet only for job-related activities.

He also had to forfeit the computer and other electronic devices seized by the police during the investigation.

Judge John A. Agostini sentenced Cahalan in line with the joint request.

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