AAU basketball coach charged with possessing child porn

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A youth basketball coach has been arrested on charges of possessing child pornography.

Members of the computer crimes unit/internet crimes against children task force arrested Jason Elliott, 41, of Pawtucket, on Nov. 15.

A clinical social worker working with Mr. Elliott became concerned about his activity and notified the task force, which lead to an investigation of  Mr. Elliott’s residence and the seizure of digital media allegedly belonging to him that contains child pornography, according to a RI State Police press release.

Mr. Elliott was processed and held overnight at State Police Headquarters.

On Saturday, Nov. 16, he was arraigned before Bail Commissioner Stephen Peltier who set bail at $50,000 with surety with special conditions to include no contact with minors and no access to the internet.

Mr. Elliott did not post bail and was taken to the Adult Correctional Institute.

He is scheduled for a re-arraignment in Sixth Division District Court on Monday, Nov. 18.

Mr. Elliott is an organizer and coach at the Rhode Island Hawks AAU Basketball Program, which sponsors basketball teams for boys in grades 5 thru 12. The program is based at 1 Kenyon Lane, Warren.

Anyone with information that would assist with this investigation should call the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit/ICAC Task Force at (401) 444-1710.

If convicted, the penalty for Possession of Child Pornography is a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000) or imprisonment not more than five years, or both.

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4 Comments

  1. DobbsMom said:

    An absolutely irresponsible headline, giving Warren an undeserved black eye! The only thing Warren about this program is the mailing address,which is a private home owned by relatives of the man who was arrested. The body of the story states that Mr. Elliott was arrested in his residence in Pawtucket! Further, a quick review of the RI Hawks website shows the program uses facilities all over RI and southeastern Massachusetts, none of which are in Warren!

  2. Tig said:

    I don’t see how this reflects on the town of Warren in the least. It reflects only on the person who committed the crime…if he is, in fact, guilty. Who cares if he is from Pawtucket, Warren, Bristol, Barrington or wherever. The fact is the program involved is partly based in Warren, and that is what the article states. If you don’t think something like is could happen in Warren, you are deluding yourself. These things happen in every town in America.

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