Providence firefighter arrested for soliciting porn from minor

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence firefighter is accused of soliciting nude photos from a minor on the Internet, according to State Police.

Jason August, 32, was charged Thursday with indecent solicitation of a minor and electronically disseminating indecent material to a minor.

August was arrested after the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a tip from the Boston Police Department that they were investigating August for asking for nude photographs from a minor. He was taken into custody Thursday morning and State Police seized several pieces of digital media from him.

“The results of that investigation reveal that Mr. August was soliciting a minor over the internet for indecent purposes and he was also sending nude photos of himself over the internet to this minor,” said Capt. Matthew Moynihan of the Rhode Island State Police.

August also received a civil citation for possession of marijuana.

August, who joined the fire department in January 2007, has been suspended without pay according to Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare.

In addition to his role as a firefighter, August is employed as a housing director for the Sigma Pi Housing Corporation at the University of Rhode Island.

According to URI spokesperson, Dave Lavalle, August was not employed by the university.

The House Corporation Board has voted to end his employment and URI police have issued a no trespass order to him in the event that he is released on bail, according to Lavalle.

Officials said August was also a youth basketball coach in recent years. “He has been identified as being a previous youth basketball coach so we are asking members of the public to contact our computer crimes unit if they do have any information,” said Moynihan.

He was held on $2,000 surety bail, according to police, and is scheduled to appear in court in October.

State police said this case is just another example of why parents need to be vigilant.

“Parents really need to be aware of what their children are doing on the internet and monitoring their activity on the internet because there are individuals that are contacting young individuals and soliciting them,” Moynihan said.

Walt Buteau and Dan McGowan contributed to this report.

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