More Legal Problems For Dracut Man Facing Child Sex Charges
Jan 16, 2017 12:42PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
A Dracut man arrested over the summer for attempting to arrange a sexual "hook-up" with an underaged girl is facing new legal problems
Richard E. Bly, 65, 95 Tennis Plaza Road Unit 16, was arraigned in Lowell District Court last week, charged with improper storage of a firearm. But the charges actually stem from a series of events that took place in August.
Bly, was caught in a sting by Newbury Police on Aug. 23. An officer spotted an ad allegedly posted on Craig's List by Bly, seeking a meeting for sex with a young girl. The officer made contact with Bly, pretending to be 13 or 14 and arranged to meet him.
According to prosecutors, Bly arrived at the Newburyport Commuter Rail Station and waited. But instead of a teen girl, Bly was greeted by a team of Newburyport Police officers and placed under arrest, charged with enticement of a child under 16.
Bly pleaded not guilty at his Aug. 23 arraignment.
As a result of his arrest, Bly had his firearms license suspended by Dracut Police. According to the new charges, police went to his Dracut home on Aug. 24 to seize any weapons and found an unlocked 9mm handgun.
It was not immediately clear why Bly was not arraigned on the gun charges until this past week. He was released on personal recognizance and is due back in court March 9.
The enticement charges remain pending in Newburyport.