- Associated Press - Friday, December 1, 2017

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A former employee of a Massachusetts city charged with exchanging child pornography with a New Hampshire man and plotting to meet an 8-year-old girl for sexual activity has been denied release as he awaits trial.

The Salem News reports that a judge ruled this week that 39-year-old David Holland would be a danger to children if released. The former recycling coordinator for Salem was arrested in September.

Investigators say Holland had agreed with a Nashua resident to trade access to children. They say the plot was discovered when the New Hampshire man’s wife checked his phone and called police. He faces similar charges in New Hampshire.

Holland’s lawyer argued that his client is not a danger and could live with his brother, a police officer, while his case is pending.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com

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