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Cranston Man, Warwick Teacher, Charged with Child Porn

Thomas Hewes (Photo via Twitter)
Thomas Hewes (Photo via Twitter)
A 52-year-old Cranston man and teacher at Gorton Junior High School in Warwick has been arrested for possession of child pornography.

Thomas L. Hewes, 52, of 64 Verdant Drive, Cranston, was arrested after a State Police investigation after a they got a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Police said a user of the site meetme.com was using a profile and pretending to be a 16-year-old girl who was soliciting sexual images from underage boys.

State Police said that user was Hewes, who was tracked down by police during the course of their investigation.

Police seized two computers, an iPhone, iPad and 24 USB flash drives from Hewes' Verdan Drive house. The flash drives were hidden in a basement drop ceiling, police said.

Hewes was arraigned in Third Division District Court before Judge Fank J. Cenerini and was released on $10,000 personal recognizance.

The judge ordered Hewes to not contact children and not use the Internet.

The investigation is ongoing, police said, and a full forensic examination of the computers seized by police is underway.

So far, no local victims have been identified.

PMarandola March 01, 2014 at 10:24 AM
Sick b*&^ PUT HIM IN JAIL HE WILL SEE ALL THE NAKED MEN HE WANTS!
Jennicka Bacon March 01, 2014 at 01:22 PM
He was my 8th grade social studies teacher >:( So creeped out because I THOUGHT he was one of the best teachers I ever had. You never really know anybody.......
CranstDONE March 02, 2014 at 02:42 PM
If that twitter pic doesn't say I love children then I don't know what does. Typical teacher. Probably on that boat on a Wednesday mid summer w his over bloated salary.
2ferskippy March 17, 2014 at 05:50 AM
finish out the year for the kids sake: yeah vote these officials back in, even morally this is wrong.last time a teacher was actually caught in supply closet with children, asked him to retire, unions no good....

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