DANVERS, Mass.—A mother, furious that her neighbor had returned to his residence after he had been arrested for possession of child pornography, was arrested after entering the neighbor’s apartment and punching him in the face.
Nicole Pelletier, a licensed clinical social worker and a Navy veteran, was charged with assault and battery and breaking and entering.
On Monday night, she allegedly attacked 61-year-old Gary Spring in his condominium in Danvers, a town 20 miles north of Boston.
Salem News reports that just hours earlier, Spring had posted $10,000 bail and returned to his second-floor condo. The former Merrimack College professor was arrested on Sept. 19 after FBI agents searched his apartment and office.
According to an FBI affidavit, Spring had thrown out two thumb drives—6 gigabytes—full of child pornography; he also “admitted being sexually aroused by child pornography, and masturbating to images of child pornography.”
Spring spent last weekend in jail, and, after posting bond, he returned home on Monday night. He lives directly below Pelletier and her children, a 13-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy.
As described in a court filing, the 41-year-old woman entered Spring’s apartment through the unlocked front door around midnight. She confronted him as he was getting out of bed, and, as police described, “struck him in the face with her hand.”
It was Pelletier who called 911 to report the assault; cops reported that she told a police operator that she wanted to kill Spring.
According to The Smoking Gun, when police arrived at the condo complex, a cop spotted Pelletier walking down the stairs “crying and upset.” She had blood on her hands and right arm.
She reportedly confessed, “I went into his apartment and hit him.”
Spring, who suffered a bloody nose, declined medical treatment.
In the two months leading up to his arrest, FBI agents had conducted a probe after Merrimack College officials detected child pornography images on a laptop provided to Spring.
The review produced more than 300 illicit images stored on Spring’s laptop. Spring later admitted to possessing large amounts of child pornography.
As a condition of his release from jail, Spring was placed on home detention. He was recently fired from Merrimack College. Judge David Hennessy also ordered Spring to have “no contact with children under the age of 18 unless accompanied and supervised by an adult”; he is, however, allowed to live in the same condo complex where children reside.
Photo Sources: The Smoking Gun