Providence priest accused of having child pornography released on bail

Providence, RI (WLNE) – A Providence priest accused of having child pornography was released on bail on Monday morning.

The bail for Father James Jackson was set at $5,000.

Jackson’s bail has the following restrictions:

  • Surrender of passport
  • Surrender of firearms
  • No contact order with minors under 18
  • Internet use restricted to business
  • Granted permission to travel to Kansas to be with family

Jackson had been a priest at St. Mary’s on Broadway in Providence. The Diocese of Providence released a statement saying Jackson is no longer allowed in the ministry and the office of pastor.

Colonel James Manni of Rhode Island State Police said the Internet Crimes Against Children unit, or ICAC, had been investigating the transfer of child porn over the internet. Manni said ICAC traced the internet connection to 538 Broadway in Providence, which is the address of St. Mary’s Church on Broadway. ICAC task force members then served a search warrant at the church and rectory. They arrested Jackson in October.

According to a news release from RISP, Father Jackson was identified as “the owner of digital media allegedly involved in the possession and transfer of child pornography and child erotica”. Jackson is charged with Possession of Child Pornography, Transfer of Child Pornography and Child Erotica Prohibited.

Our previous coverage of Jackson’s arrest is at this link:

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