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Bristol County man, now former teacher, sentenced to prison in Boston on child pornography charges



BOSTON – A former teacher at Foxborough High School was sentenced in federal court in Boston for possession of child pornography and receiving child pornography over the internet.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Justice, 43-year-old Thomas Davis of Mansfield, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to five years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. In February 2023, Davis pleaded guilty to one count of possession and receipt of child pornography.

“Child pornography is not a victimless crime – every image or video depicts the real-life pain and abuse inflicted on an innocent child. Downloading this vile material on the internet only furthers their victimization,” said Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy. “As a teacher, Mr. Davis was entrusted with protecting and safeguarding our children. Clearly, he violated that sacred responsibility. We remain steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that our children grow up in an environment free from predators.”

“The FBI works hard every day to track down those who seek out child pornography, because the demand for these depraved images leads to the continued sexual exploitation of young children,” said Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division. “The fact that Thomas Davis, a former teacher, was involved with such material is extraordinarily disheartening to all of us, and today’s sentence ensures he will remain locked behind bars so he can’t extend the trauma of the children he already victimized.”

On Aug. 26, 2021, a search warrant was executed at Davis’ residence where a laptop was seized. An on-site examination revealed approximately 40 images of child pornography on the laptop, including images involving prepubescent minors under the age of 12-years-old. A forensic analysis of Davis’ laptop revealed additional child pornography.

Acting U.S. Attorney Levy and FBI SAC Cohen made the announcement. Assistance was provided by the Mansfield Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney David G. Tobin the Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

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