ARLINGTON – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Arlington Acting Chief of Police Julie Flaherty have confirmed that Peter Sahagian, 61, of Arlington, was arraigned yesterday in Cambridge District Court on one count of possession of child pornography in connection with allegations that he was in possession of a thumb drive that contained multiple images of child pornography.
Judge Roanne Sragow ordered Sahagian released on personal recognizance with conditions to stay from, and have no contact with, children under 18 and not to use the internet. The next scheduled date in this case is July 24, 2019.
On May 16, 2019, Arlington Police and a representative from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Human Trafficking-Child Exploitation Task Force, acting on a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, visited the home of the defendant to investigate an allegation that Sahagian had downloaded an image of child pornography using the search engine Bing. During the subsequent investigation, authorities examined a thumb drive, allegedly belonging to Sahagian that contained multiple pornographic images of minor females. Investigators also learned that Sahagian is a licensed practical nurse at Cambridge Hospital where he works in the pediatric unit. The preliminary investigation indicates that the images in Sahagian’s possession were downloaded from the internet on his home computer and does not indicate that images contained on the flash drive are of patients.
Sahagian was charged with possession of child pornography and a warrant issued for his arrest on May 21, 2019. He was arrested without incident on May 22.
This is an open and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Arlington Police Department with assistance from the FBI Human Trafficking-Child Exploitation Task Force.