North Adams Man Sentenced to 60 Years for Child Pornography

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BOSTON — A North Adams man was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Springfield to 60 years in prison for child exploitation offenses.
 
Anthony Deordio, 46, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 60 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release. 
 
In August 2020, Deordio pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, three counts of advertising child pornography, two counts of distribution of child pornography, two counts of transportation of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
 
He was initially charged in 2018 in Berkshire Superior Court for rape and abuse of a child, aggravated by an age difference. The charges related to an incident the year before involving an 8-year-old. 
 
According to U.S. Attorny Andrew E. Lelling, Deordio used the minor victim to produce child pornography. The video file he produced was later recovered in a separate jurisdiction, and further investigation led to the identification of Deordio as the perpetrator. He was also convicted of offering to sell child pornography on the internet, distributing child pornography over the internet and receiving and possessing child pornography.
 
Deordio was previously convicted of possession of child pornography in Massachusetts state court in 2006.
 
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative launched in 2006 to protect children from exploitation and abuse. www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

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North Adams Council to Review Hydrant Ordinance Next Week

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday referred an ordinance change regarding fire hydrants to the General Government Committee over the originator's protests. 
 
City Councilor Jason LaForest had initially submitted the proposal for the creation of a "Fire Hydrant Division" with a request to refer to his Public Safety Committee but on Tuesday night instead asked it be fast-tracked to publication and a second reading. 
 
The rest of the council balked at taking a shortcut in the process, rejecting the motion and voting 8-1 to send the language to the General Government with only LaForest voting no. 
 
The ordinance relates to issues regarding non-functioning fire hydrants and how information is shared between the Water Department and police dispatch. Two recent fires highlighted problems with the hydrants; officials say about 130 of the 631 hydrants in the city are nonfunctioning in some way. The city has been working for a decade to address faulty hydrants of which nearly half had been dysfunctional back in 2011. 
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