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Priest arrested on child pornography charges in Rhode Island late last year, arrested again in Kansas



A local priest indicted late last year on child pornography charges has been arrested in Kansas.

Members of the Rhode Island State Police/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in October arrested 66-year-old Father James Jackson of then St. Mary’s Church in Providence for Possession of Child Pornography, Transfer of Child Pornography, and Child Erotica Prohibited.

ICAC Task Force members initiated an investigation regarding an individual sharing child pornography over the Internet. The Internet connection at St. Mary’s Church, 538 Broadway, Providence, Rhode Island was identified as allegedly connected to the sharing of the child pornography. On Saturday, ICAC Task Force members executed a court-authorized search warrant at St. Mary’s Church and rectory. Father Jackson was identified as the owner of digital media allegedly involved in the possession and transfer of child pornography and child erotica.

Jackson was released on unsecured bond in November where a judge allowed him to move to Kansas to live with family while he awaits trial. Jackson is currently tracked by GPS.

According to Catholic News Agency, Jackson was arrested again on Friday for allegedly violating the conditions of his release and is being transported back to Rhode Island.

No other details concerning the arrest were released.

A person found guilty of Possession of Child Pornography may be subject to a fine of not more than five thousand dollars, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both. A person found guilty of Transfer of Child Pornography may be subject to a fine of not more than five thousand dollars, or imprisoned not more than fifteen years, or both. A person found guilty of Possession of Child Erotica may be subject to a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.



  1. Accuano

    July 19, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    I can’t believe this why was this man let off to hurt more children? I am so sick and tired of the Catholic Church they don’t care about anything but their lying image and yes it is the church all the way up to that ridiculous pope .

  2. David

    July 19, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Groomers infiltrated the Catholic Church just as they infiltrated the Protestent Churches, Public Schools, Private Schools, Temples, Mosques, Boy Scouts, Youth Advocacy Groups, Summer Camps, etc.
    Groomers will infiltrate wherever there is plentiful and easy access to children. That is simply the nature of Groomers; they are opportunists, methodical, manipulative and cunning … and will lay in wait for years for the chance to practice their disordered evil.
    Ironically, in current times, there is no need for Groomers to be sly and furtive; just call up Mayor Coogan and book yourself in at the Fall River Public Library as a Drag Queen performer for pre-schoolers.

  3. Accuano

    July 20, 2022 at 8:16 am

    Why is it that people choose to believe that this religion is new to atrocities. Since this religion began it has held hands with massacres, rape, murder. What kind of deity allows murder, annihilating whole communities, burning women and children. Maybe instead of believing in fake religions which is basically all of them people should start holding these liars of life responsible for what they do.

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