Dracut man ordered held on child pornography charge

Police found multiple images of child pornography on the defendant's cell phone

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LOWELL — A Dracut man was ordered held on $7,500 cash bail Thursday after police allegedly found child pornography on his cell phone.

Jeffrey Morrissette, 41, was arrested Sept. 11 on one charge of possessing child pornography, according to a police report viewed in court.

He was arraigned in Lowell District Court on Thursday.

Police received two CyberTips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which suggested that Morrissette spoke to another man via Twitter and Facebook about being sexually attracted to children, according to a police report.

Police interviewed Morrissette, who said he “needs help,” and admitted to searching Bing for images of teenagers, according to the report. He denied having any sexual contact with children, police said.

The defendant gave police permission to search over 10,000 images on his cellphone, according to a police report. Police discovered several images of child pornography, according to the report.

Police also obtained a search warrant for the cellphone of the man Morrissette was talking to via Facebook and Twitter, and that phone is being processed by Massachusetts State Police as part of an ongoing investigation, according to the police report. That man has not been arrested, according to the report.

Judge Mark Sullivan ordered Morrissette held on $7,500 bail. Should he post bail, Morrissette’s conditions for release include staying 100 yards away from his own children, complying with Department of Children and Families conditions, and having no unsupervised contact with minors under 17 years old.

Morrissette will return to court Oct. 2 for a pretrial hearing.