City Of Boston Employee Arrested On Child Porn Charges

BOSTON (CBS) – A Boston city employee has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Police say James Mansfield, 47, of Charlestown, was engaging in graphically sexual chat and exchanging pictures of underage boys.

Mansfield, an Executive Assistant in the Boston Transportation Department for about 28 years, has been placed on unpaid Administrative leave.

Mayor Menino, who refers to Mansfield as “an involved parent and resident” in Charlestown, said in a statement that the city is moving to fire Mansfield.

“As a father and grandfather I am at a loss on what to say about this case other than to assure residents that this employee will no longer be employed by the City of Boston and that we will continue to cooperate in the investigation,” Menino said. “Without question, this type of behavior is heinous, and many of his colleagues will be shocked by the news and grieving for the victims.”

Menino also said the city is making Employee Assistance counselors and outreach workers available at city hall and in Charlestown.

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