During a renovation that required taking down a rotting wall in the apartment of a former child psychologist, a Massachusetts contractor found a secret room containing boxes full of child pornography.
Mark Ternullo was arrested, but the 68-year-old diabetic with bladder cancer was released on $10,000 bail when prosecutors had requested $500,000.
He will face a hearing on charges March 7. Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker responded to the case by calling for a law that allowed prosecutors to remand those charged with possessing child pornography.
“It’s simple: Anyone arrested for having a secret room filled with child pornography should be kept away from the public + kids,” he tweeted Friday. “But current law doesn’t allow a judge to hold someone charged with possession of child pornography. Our bill would change that.”
Ternullo is under house arrest and has been ordered to stay away from kids under 18.
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