State Employee Arrested, Arraigned in Connection with Possession of Child Pornography
QUINCY – An employee at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has been arrested and arraigned in Quincy District Court for allegedly possessing child pornography, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today.
Andrew Fanguiaire, 48, of Weymouth, is charged with Possession of Child Pornography. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office arrested Fanguiaire last night in Quincy.
“We allege that this defendant, a state employee, possessed child pornography and accessed it from his home and at his workplace,” said AG Coakley. “We thank MassDOT for their diligence in detecting this disturbing activity and for immediately bringing this matter to our attention.”
Fanguiaire was arraigned today in Quincy District Court where he entered a plea of not guilty. Judge Diane Moriarty set bail at $5,000 with the conditions that he be monitored via GPS, be prohibited from leaving the state, have no contact with any child under the age of 18, stay away from schools, parks, and any other places where children congregate, and be subject to random visits from probation. Fanguiaire is due back in Quincy District Court on February 3 for a pre-trial conference.
State Police investigators assigned to the AG’s Office received information from an information security officer at MassDOT that a network computer may have been used to access potentially inappropriate material. Further investigation revealed that it was allegedly the computer assigned to Fanguiaire, business manager at MassDOT’s Merit Rating Board (MRB) Division located in Quincy, MA.
On Wednesday, State Police obtained and executed search warrants authorizing the search of Fanguiaire’s work office and his residence in Weymouth for depictions of child pornography. State Police seized media items from Fanguiaire’s office and residence. Subsequent initial investigation of these items revealed several image and video files containing alleged child pornography. Authorities allege that Fanguiaire accessed these files at his residence and at work through USB drives.
This investigation remains ongoing.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Nancy Rothstein of Attorney General Coakley’s Cyber Crime Division. It was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office and investigators from the AG’s Digital Evidence Laboratory. Authorities at MassDOT, Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and the MRB provided assistance in and cooperated fully with this investigation.