LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — A teacher’s assistant at Mount Hope High School in Bristol and counselor at Camp Ramsbottom in Rehoboth was arrested Wednesday as a result of an investigation by the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
Alexander Carlson, 26, of Lincoln, was charged with two counts each of indecent solicitation of a minor and electronically disseminating indecent material to a minor, according to R.I. State Police.
Police say Carlson engaged in a series of communications with a person whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, during which he allegedly sent indecent material to the person and solicited her to engage in sexual activity.
Detectives executed a search warrant Wednesday morning at Carlson’s Beverly Drive home and seized several pieces of digital media, which will be forensically examined.
Carlson was arraigned Wednesday morning and issued $5,000 surety bail with an order to have no unsupervised contact with minors and limited use of the internet.
Police say there’s no evidence of any involvement with children at Mount Hope or Camp Ramsbottom.
Carlson has been a special education TA at the school since December 2019 and a counselor at the camp since 2012, according to police.
Bristol-Warren Regional School District Superintendent Jonathan T. Brice, Ed.D, released a statement to Eyewitness News saying Carlson has been fired and he’s prohibited from being on district property.
According to Brice, Carlson was a temporary substitute teacher’s assistant who worked with 8-10 students in Mount Hope’s Alternative Learning Program.
“BWRSD has a defined hiring protocol for all new employees, which includes a state and
national background check,” Brice wrote. “No new employee is allowed to begin working in our district until the hiring protocols are completed.”
“We are committed to the safety of our students and thank the Rhode Island State Police for their notification about this matter,” he continued.
Camp Ramsbottom is run by the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket. CEO James R. Hoyt Jr. also released a statement referring to Carlson as a “former staff member.”
“While these allegations do not involve a club member and did not take place on club premises, we are both shocked and deeply saddened by these charges as no harm should come to any child under any situation,” Hoyt wrote.
The investigation remains active. Anyone with information is asked to call the ICAC Task Force at (401) 921-1170.