Massachusetts Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Transporting a Minor For Illegal Sexual Activity

DOJ_BPD CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE: Lawrence Marks, 35, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, appeared in United States District Court today and was sentenced to 12 ½ years in prison after pleading guilty to transportation of a minor in interstate commerce for illegal sexual activity, announced U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice.

In November of 2014, the New Hampshire State Police were conducting an investigation into the possible sexual abuse of several children in Franklin, New Hampshire. The investigation led to Lawrence Marks of Tewksbury, Massachusetts whom several witnesses identified as a man seen frequently with one of the minor children. Marks subsequently confessed to taking the child from New Hampshire to Massachusetts on several occasions where he engaged in sexual activity with her.

Marks will be supervised by U.S. Probation for 5 years after his release from prison. He will be required to register as a sex offender in any state in which he lives or works.

The case was investigated by the New Hampshire State Police and the Franklin Police Department in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Billerica, Massachusetts, Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Helen Fitzgibbon.

In February 2006, the Department of Justice introduced Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

United States Attorney, Emily Gray Rice, District of New Hampshire
CONTACT: Dena Blanco (603) 230-2567

Pedestrian Accident Injures Two In Billerica Center

BPD PatchBILLERICA — Chief Daniel Rosa reports a driver was cited after a motor vehicle incident that left two teenage girls with non life-threatening injuries after they were struck while walking across the roadway in a crosswalk.

Billerica Police and Fire responded to the area of 432 Boston Road at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses reported a dark gray Toyota Camry struck two 15-year-old girls before the driver fled the scene.

The victims, who are Billerica High School students, were transported to Lowell General Hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Around 5:30 p.m., a woman came to the Billerica Police Department admitting that she had been involved in the incident. She was cooperative and provided a statement to police.

As a result, the driver, a 35-year-old Billerica woman was cited fro two counts of Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident with Personal Injury and Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk. She will be summonsed to Lowell District Court at a later date.

The vehicle was recovered at the driver’s residence and towed to the Billerica Police Department for processing.

The incident remains under investigation by the Billerica Police Department.

These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

BPD Investigating Bank Robbery

BPD PatchBILLERICA — Chief Daniel Rosa reports that the Billerica Police Department is investigating a bank robbery that occurred Tuesday morning.

Officers responded to the Enterprise Bank on Boston Road at 11:28 a.m. for a report of an armed bank robbery. Upon arrival, officers met with employees who described a black male suspect who entered the bank, wearing dark clothing, a hooded sweatshirt, a mask covering his face, and gloves.

The suspect displayed what appeared to be a handgun, demanded cash from the teller, and fled in an unknown direction of travel with an undetermined amount of cash after spending less than two minutes inside the branch.

The robbery appears similar in style and method to bank robberies in other communities that are currently under investigation by police and the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force, which is also assisting Billerica detectives on this case.suspect

Anyone with any information on the robbery is asked to call the Billerica Police Department at (978) 667-1212.

Billerica Police Partner with Local Businesses to Prevent Scams Involving Wire Transfers

BILLERICA — Chief Daniel Rosa reports that the Billerica Police Department has partnered with local businesses to help prevent fraud involving wire transfers.

Police have received multiple reports of residents being scammed into wiring money through Western Union, MoneyGram, Green Dot and more. Some of the scenarios the department has seen recently include:

• An individual lost $3,340 after he was contacted by an alleged representative from the IRS and told he owed past tax money. If he did not pay it, the IRS “agent” said he would be subject to arrest/criminal charges.
• A man was contacted by a person claiming to be from a computer support company, “Superior Tech Help,” who told him they owed him $400, but accidentally credited him $4,000. The caller told the victim to wire two separate transactions totaling $3,600 to recipients in China.
• One resident lost $1,800 after receiving a call from someone pretending to be the person’s grandson who said he was in police custody out of state and needed bail money.
• A citizen lost $1,790 after being contacted by a person claiming to be a public defender who stated the person’s grandson was involved in a serious car crash where he was arrested for Operating Under the Influence of Liquor and needed bail money.
• An individual lost over $2,000 after he receieved an unsolicited package containing a check for $2,485.50, along with a survey. The package contained instructions to complete the survey and then wire three separate money orders to various recipients. The victim was told he should keep a portion of the money as compensation for taking the survey.

“It is extremely upsetting for residents, especially our older generation, when they learn they’re a victim of a scam and their money is lost and gone forever,” Chief Rosa said. “Please remember that the police or IRS will never ask you for a wire transfer or call you threatening an arrest.”

To help prevent similar instances from reoccurring, police have partnered with Rite Aid, K-Mart, CVS, Walgreens and 7-Eleven to place scam alert flyers near their wiring services.

The flyer urges customers to take a moment to consider their transaction and to confirm they are not being scammed by contacting police.

Additionally, with the assistance of the printing department of the Shawsheen Regional Technical High School, police have created scam alert advisory sheets to provide to customers when completing a money wire transaction at their partner stores.

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14 year old Juvenile Apprehended in Area Car Breaks

BPD PatchBillerica – On Friday, January 22, 2016, at approximately 1:30 AM, Billerica Police identified a suspect breaking into a motor vehicle in the area of 220 Salem Road (East Billerica). This area of Billerica has had approximately 6 reported car breaks in the past week, with items ranging from cash to electronics being stolen. While conducting a saturated patrol of this area, Officer Robert Simmons observed a suspicious person inside a motor vehicle at a residence and stopped to investigate. The suspect, who was dressed in a hoodie with a mask covering his face, quickly fled on foot. Patrol Officers immediately set up a strong perimeter with the assistance of our colleagues from the Tewksbury Police Department. Officer Donald MacEachern, along with his bloodhound, Wizard, were called out to the scene and quickly located the suspect hiding between some cars a short distance away. Property taken from the victim’s motor vehicle was located on the suspect who was subsequently arrested and charged with Breaking and Entry in the Nighttime with the intent to commit a felony. He will be arraigned later today in Middlesex Juvenile Court.

**All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court

Any additional questions should be directed to Deputy Chief Roy Frost, 978-667-1212 x15