Rhode Island

RI Behavioral Specialist Reportedly Sent Explicit Images to Teen

Michael Hart, 35, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, reportedly met the child he allegedly sent the images to while working at a Pawtucket middle school

A 35-year-old behavioral therapist from Woonsocket, Rhode Island was arrested for allegedly sending explicit photographs of himself to a 13-year-old girl.

WJAR reports Michael Hart met the teen when he was working at a middle school in Pawtucket. He reportedly gave her his cell phone number and inappropriate communication between the two ensued.

Hart reportedly first texted the girl on Sept. 21 and continued to contact her through Dec. 12. He and the child exchanged nude images during their contact, according to WJAR.

The suspect allegedly instructed the child to “break her phone” after he learned an investigation was underway. When the girl refused, he instructed her to do a factory reset. Police said no evidence has been recovered from the phone due to the reset.

Hart was charged with electronically disseminating indecent material to a minor and has been ordered to not have any contact with the child.

It was not immediately known if he had an attorney.

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