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Warwick middle school teacher faces child pornography charges

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By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

A Warwick middle school teacher is facing charges for child pornography and indecent solicitation of a child.

RI State Police arrested Thomas Hewes, 52, of Cranston, on Friday after an investigation launched by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Reports say that an online user claiming to be a 16-year-old girl was soliciting sexual images from underage boys. The RI State Police Computer Crimes Unit investigation led to a search warrant for Hewes' home. There, they found two computers, an iPhone, an iPad, and 24 USB flash drives containing alleged child pornography. The flash drives were hidden in the basement drop ceiling.

Hewes was arraigned and released on $10,000 personal recognizance with special conditions prohibiting Internet use and contact with children.

At this point, there are no reports of local victims.

Hewes is a social studies teacher at Gorton Junior High School in Warwick. Warwick Schools Superintendent Richard D'Agostino said in a press release that Hewes was not in school Friday and has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

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