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City of Boston employee arrested on child porn charges

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BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A City of Boston employee has been placed on unpaid administrative leave after being arrested for possession of child pornography on Friday.

James M. Mansfield, 47, of Charlestown, was reportedly engaging in graphically sexual chat and exchanging pictures of boys in various stages of undress.

Police executed a search warrant at Mansfield's home and uncovered evidence on his personal computer. Boston Police Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit conducted the investigation.

Mansfield is an executive assistant employed by the City of Boston since September 1984 in the Boston Transportation Department. His leave is effective immediately, and he will be subject to termination after an administrative hearing.

In a release, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said, "It deeply saddens me that anyone could endanger any young person, but to know the individual that allegedly perpetrated these acts is truly devastating. As a father and grandfather, I am at a loss on what to say about this case other than to assure residents that this employee will no longer be employed by the City of Boston and that we will continue to cooperate in the investigation."

Anyone with information regarding the ongoing investigation is encouraged to contact detectives at 617-343-4400.

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