Deerfield man admits to sending suggestive photo to undercover Massachusetts detective | criminality
ROWLEY, Mass. – A New Hampshire man who admitted to sending a sexually suggestive photo who he believed to be a 13-year-old girl but who was actually a Rowley cop was sentenced to two years of probation on Tuesday.
Anthony Savinelli, 39, of Deerfield was charged with sending obscene matters to a minor in October 2019.
Newburyport District Court Judge Peter Doyle initially sentenced Savinelli to two years in prison, but instead placed him on probation. During Savinelli’s two-year probation, he must not have any unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18, cannot use social media or chat apps, and he must take a polygraph test every six months. . He must also register as a sex offender and pay a fine of $ 1,000.
Rowley’s detective Robert Adams said in a report he was posing as a 13-year-old girl on October 18, 2019 on a social media chat platform when he received a private message from Savinelli .
Even after Savinelli learned he was chatting with someone he believed to be underage, he continued the conversation. The conversation got sexually aggressive very quickly.
Before ending the conversation, Savinelli gave Adams his cell phone number. This prompted the detective to check wireless service providers until he obtained Savinelli’s name and old address in Newton, New Hampshire. The Newton Police Department gave Adams a photo of Savinelli, which matched his photo on the chat site.
The conversations switched to text and Savinelli began discussing the sexual activity. Eventually, Savinelli sent the officer a photo of himself wearing only his underwear, according to Adams’ report.
On October 21, Savinelli asked if the teenager would like to meet and suggested skipping school for that to happen. The next day, an undercover policewoman, posing as the 13-year-old girl, called Savinelli and arranged a meeting in an empty house. Savinelli agreed.
On October 23, detectives arrived at the house and awaited Savinelli’s arrival. But he never appeared.
A day later, Adams and a police officer from Kingston, New Hampshire, visited Savinelli at his Kingston business and showed him the transcripts of the conversations. Savinelli then admitted to sending the photo and chatting with the undercover cop.
Adams noted in his report that while Savinelli did not send him a nude photo of himself, the photo was sexual in nature and, along with the chat messages, showed sexual intent.
While on $ 1,000 cash bond for Rowley’s offense, Savinelli was caught discussing sex with an undercover Newbury cop a few months later, according to an Essex County prosecutor. .
The prosecutor told the same judge that Savinelli sent Newbury Detective an opening message similar to the one he sent to Rowley Police Detective who ultimately charged Savinelli. Savinelli and Detective Newbury continued to chat and soon after, the conversation became sexually explicit.
Newbury Police then alerted the Essex County District Attorney’s Office of the interaction.
Savinelli’s attorney did not dispute the prosecutor’s account, but said Savinelli, a married father of two, was mentally ill and in need of treatment. He asked Doyle to keep his client under house arrest, except for work and medical and legal appointments, so he could undergo mental health assessments.
Savinelli has never been charged for his interaction with Newbury Police.
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