CRIME
09/26/2014 09:55 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Nicole Pelletier, Outraged Mom, Allegedly Assaults Neighbor Who Faces Child Porn Charges

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A Massachusetts mom faces felony charges after she admitted to assaulting her neighbor, who had returned home after being arrested on child porn charges.

According to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun, Nicole Pelletier, 42, entered Gary Spring's condo through an unlocked door the evening of Sept. 22.

Spring, 61, a former Merrimack College professor who was recently fired after being charged with possession of child pornography, told police that he was in bed when Pelletier entered his bedroom and punched him square in the face.

The accused man lives in the apartment directly below Pelletier and her two children, 11 and 13. The woman, who was described in the report as "crying and visibly upset" with blood on her arm and hands, called 911 herself after attacking her neighbor.

Danvers police said that Pelletier admitted hitting Spring, and told a dispatcher that she wanted to kill the man. Pelletier, who is a Navy veteran and clinical social worker, is charged with assault and battery and breaking and entering.

Spring, who got a bloody nose in the attack, refused medical treatment.

He was released from federal custody Monday on $30,000 bond after being arrested Sept. 19 on child pornography charges. The arrest was the result of a two-month probe by the FBI, which began investigating after IT workers at the Catholic college discovered a virus on Spring's computer.

“Spring stated that he took two thumb drives, totaling 6 gigabytes, which were full of child pornography and threw them in the trash at his home,” according to an FBI affidavit.

Spring also “admitted being sexually aroused by child pornography" to police, and said he'd tried to destroy the drives because he didn't want his adult aged children to find them if he died, according to NECN.

Although a judge ordered Spring to stay away from children and places where they congregate, he is permitted to reside in a condo complex where children also live, according to The Smoking Gun.

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