A Rhode Island father and son who have volunteered in the Boy Scouts of America in the past have been charged with possessing child pornography.
State police announced 52-year-old Arthur O. Pare and 23-year-old Nicholas M. Pare, both of Woonsocket, were arrested Friday morning after a search warrant was executive at their home on Laurier Street.
Both were arraigned in Sixth District Court on possession of child pornography charges; in addition to the possession charge, Arthur Pare was also charged with transfer of child pornography.
Police say they started learning about a person sharing child pornography over the internet, and traced it to a home on Laurier Street in Woonsocket. When the state police's child pornography task force executed a search warrant Friday morning, investigators found digital media containing child pornography that was owned by both Pares.
Both Arthur and Nicholas Pare have been involved with the Boy Scouts of America in some form from the early 2000s to 2014. While state police say there is no evidence of any inappropriate contact, anyone with information is encouraged to speak with state police at 401-921-1170.
Arthur Pare and Nicholas Pare were released on personal recognizance on Friday, but were ordered to stay off the internet and have no contact with minors.