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November 20, 2012

Feds nab city man in child porn probe

A 36-year-old Gloucester man, allegedly at the center of a federal investigation into child pornography possession and dissemination, was questioned by federal agents at his workplace Tuesday afternoon, and later arrested at his home.

Two Homeland Security officers and a Massachusetts State Police trooper had told Gloucester police detectives earlier Tuesday that Mark A. Pallazola of 7 Harvard St., a Level 3 registered sex offender, was a suspect in the federal probe, according to Gloucester police.

Gloucester detectives assisted federal agents who found Pallazola at Gloucester Crossing’s Market Basket, where he was working Tuesday about 1:26 p.m., according to Gloucester police. The federal agents questioned Pallazola in the store’s private room.

Police said that during questioning, Pallazola admitted to having child pornography on his home computer and disseminating the pornography. Police also said that when officers brought Pallazola to his home, Pallazola allowed the federal agents to search his computer, on which they found “several pornographic photos of young children.”

Pallazola was previously convicted of two charges of indecent assault and battery on a child younger than 14 years old, in Sept. 2003, according to the state’s registry of sex offenders.

The Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board had registered Pallazola as a “Level 3 sex offender,” meaning he was a “high risk to reoffend, and that the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a substantial public safety interest is served by active community notification,” according to the board.

Pallazola stands 6-foot-2, weighs about 190 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes, according to the state Sex Offender Registry Board.

Pallazola was booked Tuesday at the Gloucester Police Station, then federal agents transported him to Boston, where he will be arraigned in federal court.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at mnesin@gloucestertimes.com.

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