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Turtleboy in court today: Updates – NBC Boston

The blogger who wrote extensively about the Karen Read murder case and became a staunch advocate of framing charges has a series of court hearings Thursday on the charges he faces, some of which are related to the Read saga.

Aidan Kearney – better known as “Turtleboy” – appeared for a brief hearing Thursday morning in Dedham District Court, and is also set for a discovery hearing Thursday afternoon in Norfolk Superior Court.

Thursday is the first time Kearney has had his own court appearance since a mistrial was declared in Read’s case last week.

Thursday morning’s hearing deals with fallout from allegations about an incident with his ex-girlfriend from last December.

The Holden-based blogger was charged with assault and battery and witness intimidation at the time; Kearney’s ex-girlfriend claimed he threatened to release personal information and explicit photos of her and eventually pushed her onto a sofa.



Aidan Kearney, the controversial blogger known as “Turtleboy”, was indicted in December on charges of threatening and harassing witnesses. He has pleaded not guilty and accused the Commonwealth of deliberately slowing down his case to prevent him from covering Read’s trial. Follow NBC10 Boston on… Instagram: instagram.com/nbc10boston TikTok: tiktok.com/@nbc10boston Facebook: facebook.com/NBC10Boston X: twitter.com/NBC10Boston

Kearney served 60 days after revoking his bail. In February, a Norfolk County grand jury indicted Kearney on two new charges — harassing a witness and wiretapping or oral communications. The original assault charge was dropped, It was reported by the Boston Herald.

In March, he was charged with a restraining order violation involving the same woman, according to the Herald.

Thursday morning’s hearing provided a brief discovery update on the evidence-gathering process in that case, and the case was continued to Aug. 22 for another hearing.

Two months before the incident in December 2023, Kearney was charged with threats and conspiracy. Prosecutors accused him of harassing witnesses in the Read case.

The special prosecutors who brought the case read from transcripts of YouTube videos and articles Kearney posted amid his “Canton Coverup” investigation, which as of Tuesday had 179 articles on his website. Prosecutors said Kearney said on more than one occasion that he hoped his reporting would influence the jury pool for Read’s eventual trial and that he broadcast that he called the lead investigator, as well as the investigator’s wife, shared their phone numbers and led to their harassment .

A Norfolk County grand jury brought a number of charges in that case in December, including eight counts of witness intimidation, three counts of conspiracy to intimidate witnesses and five counts of picketing a witness.

The conspiracy charges allege that on Sept. 25, Kearney worked with a police chief to intimidate three people, including a Massachusetts State Police investigator working on the case. The diverter is also charged with conspiracy.

The grand jury indictments name several alleged victims along with police investigators, all of whom have been the subject of Kearney’s vitriol.

Kearney has maintained his innocence in both cases.

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