PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence firefighter allegedly sent lewd text messages to a Massachusetts teenager, asking him to take a train to Rhode Island and have sex with him, according to a arrest warrant affidavit reviewed by Target 12.
Jason August, 32, of South Kingstown, was arrested Thursday and arraigned on charges of indecent solicitation of a minor and electronically disseminating indecent material to a minor. He was released after posting bail.
The Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force cuffed August after a 6-month investigation that was sparked by a tip in January from the Boston Police Department, indicating August was being investigated for allegedly asking for nude photographs from a minor.
According to the affidavit filed by Rhode Island State Police, August had reason to believe the Boston area resident was a minor. One string of texts included in the document involves August using the screen name “Jay Daddy”, talking to the teen about his age.
“No, I’m 28,” August texted in the November 2014 message.
“I’m 13 years younger,” the teen responded, indicating he let August know he was 15.
In the affidavit, state police detective Brian Macera states August “did knowingly solicit John Doe, a person whom he believed to be under the age of eighteen, to engage in sexual acts.”
According to the document the teenager’s mother went to Boston police in January after noticing sexually explicit text messages and nude images on her son’s phone.
It was during the November 2014 texting string that August allegedly solicited the teen for sex.
“What you should do is leave school, get on the train to Kingston and I can pick you up and we can have a lot of fun,” August’s text read.
“Ha ha,” the teen replies.
“We can (blank) for the rest of the school day,” August responds later in the string.
The affidavit indicates 23 images, including nude pictures, have been culled from various devices connected to August and the teenager. State Police Captain Matthew Moynihan told Target 12 a forensic audit of media confiscated from August is underway, but he could not offer a time frame for how long that part of the investigation will take.
August is due in court in Rhode Island in October, but state police said it’s possible he could face other charges in Massachusetts.
Moynihan said August was also a youth basketball coach in recent years, but he said at this time there is no evidence he had any inappropriate contact with any minors while he coached.
“We are asking members of the public to contact our computer crimes unit if they do have any information,” Moynihan said.