Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on November 15, 2013, members of the Computer Crimes Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested Jason Elliott, age 41, of 30 Blodgett Avenue, 1st floor, Pawtucket, Rhode Island for Possession of Child Pornography.
The investigation by the State Police Computer Crimes Unit/ICAC Task Force began on Friday, November 15, 2013, when a clinical social worker working with Elliott became concerned about his activity and notified the State Police Computer Crimes Unit/ICAC Task Force. The investigation led to a search of Elliott's residence and the seizure of digital media allegedly belonging to Elliott that contained child pornography.
Jason Elliott was processed and held overnight at State Police Headquarters. On Saturday, November 16, 2013, Elliott 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. Elliott did not post bail and was taken to the Adult Correctional Institute. Elliot is scheduled for a re-arraignment in Sixth Division District Court on Monday, November 18, 2013.
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.
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 (5) years, or both.
The Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children (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 Coventry Police Department, Warwick Police Department, Pawtucket Police Department, Woonsocket Police Department, Middletown Police Department, North Kingstown Police Department, and Jamestown Police Department, as well as special agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and United States Postal Inspection Services (USPIS).