PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A former Providence priest already facing federal child pornography charges has been arrested again and is being returned to Rhode Island for violating the conditions of his release.

The Rev. James Jackson was arrested in Kansas on Friday, according to a court filing. Danielle Thomas, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas, said in an email Jackson was “arrested for an alleged violation of the conditions of his release then court ordered to be detained and sent back to Rhode Island.”

It’s unclear what Jackson is accused of doing that led to his arrest. Thomas declined to provide more details, and an email to Jackson’s attorneys were not immediately returned.

Jackson was arrested in October in Rhode Island and is facing two federal counts of possession and distribution of child pornography. He has pleaded not guilty.

A federal judge allowed Jackson to travel to Kansas to live with a family member pending the outcome of his case.

Major James Sutterby of the Overland Park police department, where Jackson was arrested, said his agency has an ongoing investigation into Jackson, but he has not been charged there. (Overland Park is a city of roughly 200,000 people just outside Kansas City Missouri).

“We have not made an arrest it,” Sutterby said. “It is an ongoing investigation it will take some time to do some of the things we need to do to get to the end of it.”

Sutterby said they work with federal authorities on “these type” of investigations. Which is likely how it was flagged for prosecutors and led to Jackson’s detention for allegedly violating the conditions of his release.

On Oct. 30, police executed a search warrant at the rectory of St. Mary’s church in Providence, where they encountered Jackson, who was serving as pastor at the time. The affidavit said investigators found hundreds of images and videos of child phonography on a hard drive owned by Jackson, leading to his arrest.

According to the Diocese of Providence, Jackson has been “prohibited from the sacred ministry and the exercise of the office of pastor” by Bishop Thomas Tobin.

At the time of his arrest, Jackson was not part of the Diocese of Providence but a priest in the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. Jackson has been a member of the religious order for his entire career and was assigned to St. Mary’s from Colorado by the group.

Tobin had issued a statement calling the use of child pornography “a serious crime and a grave sin. The charges against Father Jackson are very disturbing to all and must be taken very seriously.”

“At the same time, I renew my pastoral concern and offer my fervent prayers for the good people of St. Mary Parish during this difficult time,” he said.

Jackson is now in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for his return to Rhode Island. A violation hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Tim White (twhite@wpri.com) is the Target 12 managing editor and chief investigative reporter at 12 News, and the host of Newsmakers. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

Shaun Towne contributed to this report.