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South End man faces child porn charges

A South End man who has volunteered as a local Little League coach was ordered held on $150,000 bail Friday after being charged with possessing child pornography.

Andrew McKinnon, 48, was also charged with distribution of material that depicted a nude child, according to court records.

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McKinnon volunteered this season as an assistant coach for two teams in the South End Baseball League, the Red Sox and the Dodgers, but left before the season ended, said league commissioner Owen Carlson.

He said the league does not believe that McKinnon ever had unsupervised time with players, adding that he only showed up to about half of the games and would only keep score or temporarily fill in for the first base coach.

McKinnon passed a mandatory criminal background check before he began volunteering, Carlson said.

“It is very, very surprising,” the league commissioner said.

McKinnon was arrrested Thursday after State Police found the files when they executed a search warrant at his home on Union Park Street.

During an undercover investigation June 25, a state trooper directly connected to McKinnon’s home computer and downloaded several digital files containing child pornography, according to a criminal complaint filed in Boston Municipal Court.

Authorities gained access to McKinnon’s computer through a public peer-to-peer file sharing network that allowed direct access to McKinnon’s hard drive, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

“Child pornography and specifically sharing it over peer-to-peer networks has become exponentially more common just over the past few years,” Wark said.

McKinnon appeared in Boston Municipal Court Friday, but did not speak.

Michael Roitman, his lawyer, said McKinnon has no previous criminal record, and it is not known who else might have had access to his computer or sent him files.

“The charge here has absolutely no allegation of any contact with any child, nothing,” Roitman said.

“He is being charged with having an image on a computer in his home, which we haven’t seen yet.”

McKinnon is a graduate of Montclair University and Northeastern University, said Roitman. A police booking form said he works as a handy man.

If McKinnon posts bail, he must submit to GPS monitoring and stay away from schools and children, a judge ruled.

Javier Panzar can be reached at javier.panzar@globe.com Follow him on Twitter @jpanzar.

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