A Massachusetts school worker was arrested and charged in connection with the solicitation of sexually explicit material over the Internet from a 15-year-old girl who lives in Cumberland County, authorities said.
Steven Orloff, 47, of Framingham, Mass., was arraigned Wednesday in Framingham District Court on charges of distribution of obscene matter and posing or exhibiting a child in the nude.
He was held on $20,000 cash bail with conditions, including he commit no new crimes, not use the Internet, stay away from Stoneham Public Schools (where he works in the central office), move out of his family home, have no contact with children under 18 and surrender his passport.
He is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Jan. 14.
Investigators from Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office were alerted in July to an incident where a 15-year-old girl from that county had been corresponding online with a person whom she believed was of similar age, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Craig Smith wrote in a press release Thursday.
Orloff had told the girl he was a 14-year-old boy and they exchanged photos. Orloff didn’t send a photo of himself. He and the girl continued to chat online and the girl sent him explicit photos of herself.
Once Orloff’s true identity was discovered, Maine authorities contacted the Framingham, Mass., Police Department to assist with the investigation.
Orloff was placed on administrative leave from his job. He had no direct contact with students in that position.
The case remains under investigation.