Williamstown man allegedly exchanged lewd messages, pictures with 13-year-old
NORTH ADAMS — A Williamstown man has been charged with soliciting lewd images from a 13-year-old child.
Thomas Nelson, 30, of Green River Road, allegedly exchanged explicit images with the juvenile, who lives out of state, according to a report filed by Williamstown Police.
The victim's mother alerted Massachusetts State Police that the juvenile had allegedly been texting with a man who identified himself as a veterinarian named Tom Nelson in Williamstown. Police were able to confirm Nelson's identity through his cell phone number, according to the report.
Nelson allegedly sent several lewd images to the juvenile, who also sent "sexually suggestive" images to Nelson, according to police. Text message between the two were discovered by an older sibling, the report states. The conversations allegedly dated as far back as April.
With the mother's consent, police searched the victim's cell phone and iPod and found "extremely explicit sexual content," according to police.
The messages also indicated that Nelson believed the victim to be 16 years old, but the date of birth the juvenile provided Nelson would have actually made he or she 15 years old, the report states.
Believing the victim was of legal age to drive, Nelson also allegedly requested he or she visit him in Williamstown and bring friends.
Police executed a search warrant at Nelson's residence on Tuesday and seized his cell phone, iPod, iPad, and computer, according to the report.
Nelson pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to single counts of sending obscene matter to a minor and enticing a child under the age of 16. He was released on personal recognizance and is next scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing on October 5.
Nelson's attorney, Edward Carmen, declined to comment.
Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376
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