CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A bus monitor from Chicopee is held without bail on charges related to possession of child pornography. Chicopee Police say 27-year-old Gregory Redmond was arrested for allegedly offering money and gift cards to a 14-year-old boy to entice him to send pictures of his body.
22News obtained the police report from the arrest on Monday. In it, it says a 14-year-old teenager from Valley West School in Chicopee reported to school leaders that he would send photos of his belly and naked photos in exchange for gift cards and cash. The police report also says Redmond went to the Chicopee Police Station Monday afternoon and admitted to having this arrangement. He was placed under arrest and Chicopee Police searched his Prospect Street home.
The police report says the teenager and Redmond would contact each other via Skype and communicate and play video games together on PS3 for the past three months.
“During the course of the investigation, it was determined that more graphic, pornographic photos were being sent,” Wilk wrote on the department’s official Facebook page.
Detectives interviewed Redmond, arrested him, and then searched his house. They seized computers and other storage items as evidence. In the police report, Redmond said he went to the Chicopee Police station after he was contacted by his employer, Vanpool, who allegedly told him Valley West School contacted them. According to their website, Valley West School is a state approved private school for children with social and emotional challenges.
Redmond is being charged with Possession of Child Pornography, and was held overnight on $2,500 bail pending his arraignment in Chicopee District Court Tuesday morning.
At court, Redmond’s lawyer requested Redmond not be present for the arraignment. That request was denied by Judge Bethzaida Sanabria-Vega A court clerk said a not guilty plea was automatically entered when the charges against Redmond were not read aloud. He was ordered held without the right to bail.
Redmond is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on July 15.