“The defendant also worked for the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
A former employee of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra has been convicted in a federal court in Boston of possessing child pornography.
David St. George, 75, of Arlington, was sentenced on September 14, 2022 by US District Judge Richard G. Stearns to five years in prison and five years of supervised release. St. George was also ordered to pay each of the victims in the case a $5,100 special assessment and $3,000 in damages. On March 30, 2022, St. George pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.
“Child pornography is not a victimless crime. It shows child abuse. Plain and simple. Every single image or video of the material brings untold harm and trauma to an innocent child, and those who possess, disseminate or view it are not only breaking the law, but more importantly, blaming those children again with any act that sexualizes her,” said United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins. “As our Commonwealth’s Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer and mother, in this role I feel it is my duty to protect our children. And my office will provide all the resources needed to do that.”
“The child sexual abuse materials that St. George possessed documented the horrific abuse of children. Searches of his home and electronics revealed that he possessed thousands of these images while he was employed with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra,” said Matthew B. Millhollin, New England special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations. “HSI is committed to prosecuting those who possess and deal in child sexual abuse material wherever they hide, even when they go to great lengths to anonymize their activities and hide their identities.”
In May 2018, investigators received information about a shared secure online storage account containing child pornography. The IP address of this account was eventually linked to the St. George internet. The storage account contained over 5,000 files, including sexually explicit images and videos of children, many of which depicted child sexual abuse — including a depiction of an adult raping a child around one year old.
In September 2018, a search of St George’s residence uncovered thousands of child pornography files, including depictions of sexual assault on children between the ages of six and eight. Emails revealed that St. George continued to publish child sexual abuse material despite being repeatedly banned by an online service provider. During the search, St George admitted to receiving and downloading child pornography from the dark web while taking steps to disguise his identity, as well as receiving and downloading child pornography via email for upload to his shared secure storage account.
US Attorney Rollins and HSI SAC Millhollin made the announcement. The Arlington Police Department provided valuable assistance. Assistant US Attorney James D. Herbert of Rollins’ Criminal Investigation Department prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Justice Department in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the US Attorney’s offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Division, Project Safe Childhood provides federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute child exploiters and victims to identify and rescue. For more information on Project Safe Childhood, visit https://www.justice.gov/psc.” -Massachusetts Department of Justice.