Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on Friday, August 22, 2014, members of the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested Eric S. Bean, age 32, of 1569 Mendon Road, Apartment 3, Cumberland, Rhode Island, for Possession of Child Pornography and Transfer of Child Pornography.
Mr. Bean was arrested as a result of information received from the Investigative Services Division of the Nebraska State Patrol indicating that an individual was transferring images of child pornography using an email account. Members of the ICAC Task Force investigated the complaint and traced the reported activity to 1569 Mendon Road, Apartment 3, Cumberland, Rhode Island. This morning members of the ICAC Task Force executed a court-authorized search warrant at that address where child pornography was located and digital media was seized for further analysis.
Eric S. Bean is employed as a desktop support technician within the Information Technology (IT) Department at the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, 250 Turnpike Street, Canton, Massachusetts. The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center is a special needs school that provides education and treatment to both emotionally disturbed students with conduct, behavior, emotional, and/or psychiatric problems and developmentally delayed students with autistic-like behaviors. Although the investigation is ongoing, there is no evidence that indicates Mr. Bean has had any inappropriate contact with children.
Mr. Bean will be arraigned on the above charges later today in Sixth Division District Court, Garrahy Judicial Complex, One Dorrance Plaza, Providence.
A person found guilty of Possession of Child Pornography may be subject to a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisoned not more than five (5) years, or both. A person found guilty of Transfer of Child Pornography may be subject to a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisoned for not more than fifteen (15) 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, North Kingstown Police Department, South Kingstown Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department, Bristol Police Department and special agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and United States Postal Inspection Services (USPIS).
MEDIA CONTACT: Captain Kevin O'Brien, Assistant Detective Commander, (401) 444-1009