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Chelsea sex offender faces new child porn charge

A registered sex offender faces new charges in US District Court in Boston of producing child pornography after he allegedly admitted to authorities that he took pictures of his ex-girlfriend’s young daughter, then traded them with other child pornography offenders on the Internet, officials said.

George Shipps, 30, was arrested at his Chelsea home Tuesday, charged with production of child pornography. Sex offenders found guilty of the crime have been sentenced recently to terms as lengthy as 20 years in prison.

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Shipps, who has been convicted in state court of possession of child pornography and luring a minor for the purpose of sex, has been held without bail since his arrest, according to court records. A bail hearing is scheduled Monday.

Shipps was a Level II sex offender at the time of the arrest, officials said. That designation is for a person considered a moderate risk of recidivism.

Authorities said they were alerted to Shipps in March 2012 in an inquiry that began with the arrest of an Australian man on child pornography possession charges. A search of the Australian’s computer showed that he had exchanged more than 600 e-mails with others, most of which contained child pornography images.

Of the 600 e-mails, 111 of them came from the United States. One e-mail was traced to a Chelsea home, and authorities determined that the e-mail user had exchanged images with another e-mail user.

“Some of these images depict the child clothed and in sexually suggestive poses,” court records said.

Authorities traced the e-mail account to Shipps, and he allegedly admitted to using his cellphone to take pictures of a 6-year-old daughter of a former girlfriend who lives in Massachusetts. He in turn sent them to another e-mail user who had asked him to trade pictures, authorities said.

Milton J. Valencia can be reached at mvalencia@globe.
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