Gerald Desouza, 42, was charged with aggravated rape of a child after investigators found video files on his home computer and cameras showing him raping a 15-year-old girl, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Desouza was also charged with dissemination of material harmful to minors, posing or exhibiting a child in a state of nudity, photographing or recording an unsuspecting person in a state of nudity or partial nudity and possession of a false Registry of Motor Vehicles document, based on both this case and another one involving an 11-year-old, the DA's office says. A Suffolk Superior Court clerk magistrate agreed with a request from prosecutors to set bail at $75,000.
In one known incident, Desouza allegedly arranged to meet one of the girls in person. After taking her to Copley Place and to the zoo, Desouza allegedly brought her to his Hyde Park home and engaged in sexual activity with her. Because she was under 16 at the time, the girl could not legally consent to that activity.
According to the DA's office, the charges relate to activity between 2009 and earlier this year, when he was indicted. After his indictment, the DA's office says, his Hyde Park roommates kicked him out and he moved to Revere.
Desouza allegedly set up accounts on Facebook, Orkut, and ooVoo and used them to make contact with girls under 16. In at least one case, Desouza initially presented himself as a 16-year-old boy, though he later revealed himself to be much older.
Through the chat services, Desouza allegedly enticed the girls into sending him explicit images of themselves, either through cell phone text messages or through their webcams during the chat sessions. During the chat sessions, Desouza allegedly covered his own computer’s webcam so the victims did not see him. He did, however, allegedly send explicit photos of himself to at least two of the girls. In some cases, he allegedly threatened to post the nude pictures of the girls online if they did not send him more pictures or participate in video chats where he would tell them to pose in the nude and, at times, instruct them how to pose. ...
Desouza was first identified amid an investigation by State Police into online child pornography distribution through peer-to-peer file-sharing services. Troopers were able to identify multiple specimens of child pornography on his computer and tracked his internet protocol address to a residence in Hyde Park. They referred the case to Boston Police.
Boston Police executed a search warrant at that residence in February, recovering multiple laptop computers, a digital camera, a camcorder, DVDs, and other devices storing still and video images that depicted children engaged in sexual activity. They also recovered a counterfeit Massachusetts identification card.
In a statement, District Attorney Dan Conley said:
The evidence suggests an offender who began grooming his victims when they were as young as 11 years old. In some cases, the victims sent him explicit photographs of themselves while their parents were in the very next room. Online predators will lie, flatter, and threaten children to get what they want. Kids need to know about limits and personal safety, and parents and guardians have to be the ones to teach them. Most important, though, is that kids and teens know they can come to trusted adults when they’re scared or concerned about something happening online.