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Mass. man waives bail hearing in child porn case

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BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts man charged in a massive child porn network agreed Tuesday to be held without bail on possession and distribution charges.

Geoffrey Portway, of Worcester, was charged July 27 after state and federal agents allegedly found child pornography and photos of children who appeared to be dead on his computer.

The 39-year-old Portway appeared briefly in U.S. District Court Tuesday, but waived his right to a detention hearing. He has not yet entered a plea and is due back in court Sept. 5 for a probable cause hearing.

Portway, who works as a computer programmer, chatted online with two men who talked about their desire to abduct, kill and eat children, authorities said.

Portway's lawyer, Richard Sweeney, said he is a citizen of the United Kingdom who has lived in the United States most of his life.

Sweeney also represented Robert Diduca, a hotel manager from Milford whose arrest cracked open an investigation that has now led to 43 arrests in seven countries and identified more than 140 child victims. In June, Diduca was sentenced to 18 years in prison on production, possession and distribution of child pornography.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacy Belf told U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Dein that Sweeney has a "potential conflict of interest" because he represented Diduca and is now representing Portway.

Sweeney said Portway has already signed an "informed consent" form saying he does not object to Sweeney representing him even though he represented Diduca. Sweeney said he expects Diduca to also sign a consent form.

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