Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Former Mass. Town Offical Arrested In Web Sex Sting

PLYMOUTH, Mass. --A former Southborough selectman has been arrested for the second time in a week on allegations that he solicited sex from a police detective he thought was an underage girl.

William J. Christensen, 59, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to new charges he tried to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl who actually was a police officer.

Christensen, voted off the Southborough Board of Selectmen last week after 12 years in office, was out on bail after being arrested last Wednesday in East Providence, R.I., where he allegedly traveled to meet a detective he believed was a 15-year-old girl.

Police said Christensen had allegedly arranged two encounters last week.

"We didn't know that he was engaged in a chat with another police officer," said Marshfield Police Detective Steven Marcolini.

Christensen allegedly planned to meet the 13-year-old girl at a mall in Hanover on Friday, but it never happened because he was arrested Wednesday at an East Providence apartment complex.

Marcolini, whose office ran the Massachusetts sting, said his charges remained despite the canceled meeting.

Christensen was arraigned in Plymouth District Court on charges of attempting to entice a child, and attempting to disseminate harmful matter to a child. He allegedly sent sexually graphic photos to the undercover officer.

Christensen was arrested at his Southborough home on Tuesday morning. He was being held on $4,000 bail. He had posted $1,000 bail from the East Providence arrest, charged with one count of indecent solicitation.

His attorney, Jeffrey Pine, said, "Without evaluating the police statement and evidence, there's very little I can say about the substance of the charges."

Source: Associated Press

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