Camp counselor arrested for child solicitation

Camp counselor arrested for child solicitation

LINCOLN – Police have arrested a Lincoln man who works as a teacher's assistant at Mount Hope High School and as a camp counselor at Camp Ramsbottom, accusing him of indecent solicitation of a child and electronically disseminating indecent material to a minor.

The Rhode Island State Police announce that members of the State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Alexander Carlson, age 26, of 2 Beverly Drive in Lincoln for two counts of indecent solicitation of a child and two counts of electronically disseminating indecent material to a minor. The arrest stemmed from an investigation by members of ICAC Task Force. An individual later identified as Carlson allegedly engaged in a series of communications with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old female. The conversation became sexually explicit and he allegedly sent indecent material and solicited the person he believed to be a teenager to engage in sexual activity.

On July 1, ICAC Task Force members executed a court-authorized search warrant at the address and identified Carlson as the alleged owner of digital media used to commit the offenses. Detectives seized several pieces of digital media belonging to Carlson. Forensic exams of his devices are pending.

Carlson has been employed as a teacher's assistant within the special education program at Mount Hope High School in Bristol since December. He has also been employed as a summer camp counselor at The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's Camp Ramsbottom, located in Rehoboth, Mass. since 2012.

Det. Commander Major Timothy Sanzi stated, "At this time there is no evidence of any involvement with students/campers at Mount Hope High School or Camp Ramsbottom, however, we continue to investigate and ask that anyone with information regarding Mr. Carlson contact the Rhode Island State Police/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at 401-921-1170."

Carlson was arraigned on the charges at Third Division District Court Wednesday morning before Associate Judge Bucci and issued $5,000 surety bail with special bail conditions of no unsupervised contact with minors and limited internet use.