Father, son arrested on child porn charges

Arthur Pare, 52, and his son Nicholas, 23, are facing child pornography charges out of Woonsocket. (Mugshots: RI State Police)

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A Woonsocket man and his son who were previously involved with the Boy Scouts were arrested on child pornography charges, Rhode Island State Police said Friday.

Arthur Pare, 52, and his son Nicholas, 23, were both charged with possession of child pornography, according to state police. Arthur Pare is also charged with transfer of child pornography.

State police said the arrests followed an investigation into someone sharing child pornography over the Internet. Police said they traced the material to the Pares’ Laurier Street home.

Members of the state police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force raided the home Friday morning and found child pornography on digital media owned by both men, according to state police. The task forced seized 40 pieces of digital media for further analysis. State police said there could be more charges.

According to police, Arthur Pare had volunteered in the local Boy and Cub Scouts over the course of 14 years, from 2000 to 2014. He was Cub Master of Pack 6 from 2002 to 2004, then served as an Assistant Scout Master for Troop 6 from 2006 to 2014. His son was an Assistant Scout Master in 2012, after previously achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in 2009. State police said there was no evidence that either of them had inappropriate contact with their former scouts.

“The behavior in these allegations is unacceptable to us and is counter to everything that the Boy Scouts of America stands for,” Tim McCandless, scout executive and CEO of the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America, said in a statement. “While these individuals have not been involved in our programs for a number of years, as soon as we learned of these allegations, we immediately took steps to permanently bar them from any future participation.”

“The safety of our youth members is of paramount importance,” McCandless continued. “We consistently work to protect our participants through a nationally recognized, comprehensive program of education, a rigorous volunteer leader selection process, criminal background and other checks and policies and procedures that serve as barriers to abuse. Further, we require the prompt mandatory reporting of any allegation or suspicion of abuse, and encourage anyone with information about this case to do the same.”

Both men were arraigned Friday and released on personal recognizance, state police said. They were ordered not to use the internet and to have no contact with minors.