Twisted nanny ‘with a sexual interest in kids’ is busted for trading child porn

KNEWZ.COM|Connor Mannion
Stephanie Lak, 36, was active on an online babysitter marketplace as recently as last month

A Boston area nanny who police said encouraged other babysitters to harm children online faces numerous child porn charges.

According to MassLive, Boston nanny Stephanie Lak, a 36-year-old Roxbury resident, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of child porn possession and distribution. She pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins’s office said in a statement that Lak admitted to sending and receiving over 100 files linked to sexual abuse.

Lak also admitted to discussing abuse of underage kids online with other social media users, authorities alleged.

Lak was arraigned Wednesday in the Roxbury Division of Boston Municipal Court on charges of possession of child pornography and distribution of material of a child in a sex act.

Boston nanny Stephanie Lak accused of sending child sexual abuse images, discussing child abuse on social media

According to The Boston Herald, the child porn suspected nanny was listed on the online babysitter marketplace Sittercity as recently as last month.

“It’s clear she has access to children,” Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Nicole Poirier said Wednesday. “She has a long history of being a nanny … and she has a sexual interest in children.”

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Poirier alleged they also have records of Lak discussing abuse online with another babysitter in Minneapolis.

“[Lak] is having these conversations with someone who is actively sexually abusing his children, and encouraging him to do that and suggesting ways that he should do that,” Poirier said.

The charges came after an investigation by the Boston Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit, following a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on March 2

Boston woman on babysitting networking site charged with child porn

Boston Herald

Police received a tip about the Boston nanny after the nonprofit National Center for Missing and Exploited Children claimed she had uploaded child porn to the messaging app KIK.

Authorities executed a search warrant on Lak’s home on April 15, seizing a laptop and three smartphones.

According to WCVB in Boston, police say they have identified victims as young as three in Lak’s files.

Court documents indicated she also discussed sexually abusing an infant in her online chats.

Alleged victims identified so far are 5- and 3-year-old girls, the documents said.

Roxbury nanny arrested by FBI, Boston police in connection with child porn investigation

WCVB Boston

The Boston nanny was also seen quietly crying and shaking while in court Wednesday on child porn charges.

She is due back in court for a hearing on May 25. Lak has been released on cash bail at $5,000 with a series of conditions including staying away from children under the age of 18, and no childcare employment, WBZ Boston reported.

Sittercity told WBZ that Lak has been removed from the platform, and four prior background checks had turned up no criminal history.

Authorities are urging anyone who may have had contact with Lak, or parents of children who have interacted with Lak, to contact the FBI’s anonymous tip line.

Boston Police said the identities of all victims will be kept confidential and they may be eligible for “certain services and rights under state and/or federal law.”

Nanny Stephanie Lak Arrested By Boston Police In Child Pornography Investigation

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