James Mansfield, 47 of Charlestown was arrested on Friday and charged with possession of child pornography. According to BPD News, his arrest came after an Internet investigation revealed Mansfield was actively engaging in graphically sexual chats and exchanging photographs of boys in various stages of undress.
Boston Police executed a search warrant at Mansfield’s home and discovered evidence on his personal computer.
Mansfield was placed on Administrative leave effective immediately from his executive assistant position in the Boston Transportation Department. Mansfield had worked for the city since September of 1984.
Mayor Menino released this statement in reaction to these charges:
"It deeply saddens me that anyone could endanger any young person, but to know the individual that allegedly perpetrated these acts is truly devastating. 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. Without question, this type of behavior is heinous, and many of his colleagues will be shocked by the news and grieving for the victims. The City of Boston is making Employee Assistance counselors and outreach workers available here at City Hall, as well as in Charlestown where Mr. Mansfield was an involved parent and resident."
Boston Police detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit are investigating this matter further.
[Editor's note: We've updated information about where Mansfield worked.]