Police: Franklin teacher had child porn on home computer

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FRANKLIN, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – A teacher at the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School was arrested Thursday and ordered not to have contact with minors after authorities found images of child pornography on his home computer.

Stephen Hickey, of Warwick, R.I. appeared in court on a federal charge of possession of child pornography. He was released to home confinement with electronic monitoring on unsecured bond and ordered to not have any contact with minors, including his students.

Hickey was arrested by agents from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force after.

A court authorized search of Hickey's home resulted in the seizure of a computer which allegedly contains images of child pornography.

In addition, Hickey allegedly told investigators that he previously ordered and received DVDs containing child pornography, but destroyed them after learning that another individual had been arrested for allegedly receiving similar products from the same company.

Possession of child pornography is punishable by a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison followed by up to three years supervised release.