A Danvers man pleaded not guilty in Salem District Court on Wednesday to a single count of enticing a child under the age of 16 stemming from an Internet chat with a Newburyport teenager over the summer.
Barry Isgur, 52, of 30 Berry Street, Apt. 3R, was released on personal recognizance after posting $2,500 cash bail, according to court documents. Judge Michael Lauranzano ordered Isgur to attend counseling, have no contact with the victim or any children under the age of 18, and wear a GPS tracking device as conditions of his bail.
Lauranzano also barred Isgur from accessing the Internet or computers pending his next court date.
According to court documents, state police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a man using the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org," which police allege was Isgur, was chatting through the web application "Skout" with an under-aged boy.
A spokesperson for Skout says that the company is the one that tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
“Skout proactively reported suspicious activity on this account to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children," a company spokesperson said in a statement. "Thanks to Skout’s active community moderation and monitoring technologies, as well as self-policing by Skout users, inappropriate behavior and age discrepancies are reported to NCMEC and the proper law enforcement regularly.
"The safety of our users is of paramount importance to us and we are continually evaluating our safety measures and implement new ones."
Court documents show an excerpt of the chat recorded over two days in July that ends with a message from the boy's email address reading "go away and stop talking to my child."
State police say that Isgur spoke with them willingly after they executed a search warrant at his home in September. According to court documents, Isgur was not home at the time, but state police were able to reach him on a cell phone number that was provided to the boy during the chat.
During a face-to-face interview with police, according to court documents, Isgur stated that he knew he was chatting with a 15-year-old from Newburyport, and that he and the boy both talked about meeting for sex, but that he was joking when he told the boy he would meet him for sex and had no intention of acting on it.
A summons was issued, and Isgur appeared in court on Wednesday.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on December 13.