The former director of special needs at the Stoneham Public Schools, was in federal court Friday facing additional pornography charges.
A year ago, Steven Orloff, 48, 189 Potter Rd. of Framingham, was arraigned and charged in Framingham District Court on charges of distribution of obscene matter and pose or exhibit a child in the nude.
On Friday, Orloff, was charged with producing and possessing child pornography in federal court in Boston.
He has a detention hearing set for Tuesday, Dec. 17 He will remain in U.S. Marshal custody until that time.
Orloff, formerly works in the school systems in Stoneham, Arlington and Needham.
According to the criminal complaint affidavit, federal agents learned that Orloff, posing as a 14- year-old boy, engaged in on-line chats and webcam sessions with minor girls across the country and enticed them to display themselves in a pornographic manner, including engaging in certain sexual acts.
It is alleged that Orloff then recorded and retained those webcam sessions, which were later recovered from his Framingham home pursuant to a search warrant.
In addition, according to the affidavit, Orloff surreptitiously recorded two naked minor girls taking a shower in his Framingham home.
If convicted, Orloff faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison, a five year mandatory minimum up to a lifetime term of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine on the charge of production of child pornography; and up to 10 years in prison, lifetime supervised release, and a $250,000 fine on the charge of possession of child pornography.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston and Chief Kenneth Ferguson of the Framingham Police Department made the announcement Friday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office also wishes to thank the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office of Maine for their tremendous work on the case and their continued cooperation with the prosecution. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacy Dawson Belf of Ortiz's Major Crimes Unit.
Members of the public who have questions, concerns or information regarding this case should call 617-748-3274, and messages will be promptly returned.
The case is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. The details contained in the complaint affidavit are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.