DANVERS — A Danvers man is facing child enticement and child pornography charges after allegedly engaging in explicit sexual discussions with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
Prosecutors say Robert Deschamps, 26, of 6 McDewell Ave., Danvers, and 671 Primrose St., Haverhill, also used his computer to send photos of himself and later used a Web camera to send images of himself engaging in sexual activity to the "girl," who in reality was an Arizona police detective.
Deschamps, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges in Salem District Court, is being held without bail until Wednesday, when he could be released on a GPS bracelet if he posts $500 cash bail. He also agrees to have no contact with children and no use of a computer, all the result of an agreement between Essex County prosecutors and Deschamps' lawyer. Deschamps first came to the attention of Danvers police in July, when they were contacted by police in Nogales, Ariz.
In May, a detective there had gone into an America Online chat room posing as "LittleChristy14" and soon caught the attention of a user known as "MondayNightRob24" — later identified as Deschamps, prosecutor Jennifer Andrade said.
The two engaged in instant messaging, in which Deschamps allegedly asked the girl if she was "horny" and if she had ever seen a man naked. (Joey...Have you ever seen a grown man naked?)
When she said she hadn't, Deschamps allegedly sent her a nude photo of himself.
In subsequent conversations in July and August, Deschamps allegedly invited her to watch him engaging in sexual activity on a Web camera and suggested that her friends watch, as well, the prosecutor said.
Arizona investigators confirmed the internet or IP address being used by "MondayNightRob" and later learned that it belonged to an account once owned by Deschamps' father, who died last year.
Danvers police got a search warrant and seized Deschamps' computer in July. An examination of the hard drive turned up 42 images of what investigators believe is child pornography. Police also seized a number of DVDs, with titles such as "Miss Junior Teen," "Barely Legal" and "Sin Sisters."
Questioned by police, Deschamps allegedly admitted chatting with and sending images to girls who were 14 and 15 and also with one who was 12, Andrade told the judge.
Salem District Court Judge Richard Mori said he would not release Deschamps until he was certain that the bracelet would be available.
Defense lawyer Loring Lincoln said Deschamps would live with his grandmother in Danvers if released.
Deschamps will be back in court on Wednesday.
In addition to a charge of child enticement, Deschamps is facing charges of distributing images of a child in a state of nudity, posing a child nude, possession of child pornography and disseminating obscene material to a minor.