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Special education teacher charged with possession of child pornography

WEST WARWICK, R.I. — A special education teacher who works at the Morton Middle School in Fall River, Mass., was arrested Thursday on charges of possession of child pornography. Detectives from the Portsmouth Police Department assisted with the investigation. 

The Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested Henry W. Tedeschi, age 54, of 43 Bratt Lane, West Warwick.

Tedeschi was charged with possession of child pornography after a court-authorized search warrant was executed at his West Warwick residence this morning. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Third District Court in Warwick later Thursday. 

ICAC Task Force members recently received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding an individual possessing child pornography in his email account. The Internet connection at 43 Bratt Lane, West Warwick, was identified as being used to access the email account in question.

Earlier Thursday, ICAC Task Force members executed a search warrant at Tedeschi’s residence and identified him as the alleged owner of the email account. Members of the Task Force seized eight (8) items of digital media for further forensic analysis, and additional charges may be pending.

In addition to currently being a special education teacher in Fall River, Mass., Tedeschi has worked in both the Massachusetts and Rhode Island school systems for approximately 30 years.

At this time, there is no evidence of any inappropriate contact between Tedeschi and any of his current or former students.

However, the public is encouraged to contact a member of the Rhode Island State Police/ICAC Task Force at 401-921-1170 if he or she has information that may forward this investigation.

The Rhode Island ICAC Task Force actively engages in investigative efforts to identify subjects involved in child exploitation-related activities. The Rhode Island ICAC Task Force Program is administered by the Rhode Island State Police and supports a national network of multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task forces engaged in investigations, forensic examinations and prosecutions related to Internet crimes against children and technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation.

The Rhode Island ICAC Task Force is comprised of members of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit along with detectives from the Warwick Police Department, Cranston Police Department, Newport Police Department, East Providence Police Department, Pawtucket Police Department, North Kingstown Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department, Woonsocket Police Department and special agents from Homeland Security Investigations and United States Postal Inspection Services.


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