Ex-Massachusetts police captain Francis Hart arrested on child porn charges

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Ex-Massachusetts police captain Francis Hart arrested on child porn charges

A retired Massachusetts State Police Captain has been arrested on child pornography charges, the state attorney general’s office announced on Friday.

Francis Hart, 60, of Amhert, pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography, and was released after posting $2,500 cash bail on the condition that he have no contact with minors and no internet access outside of public devices.

According to the DA’s office, state police from the department’s Cyber Crimes Unit began investigating Hart in January, after they were tipped off by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an email address traced to Hart had uploaded images believed contain child pornography.

Officers seized various electronic devices during a search warrant executed at Hart’s home which contained images of alleged child pornography.

He was arrested Thursday.

The investigation is ongoing, the DA’s office said.

A pretrial conference has been scheduled for October 22.

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