Farmington Principal on Leave After Brother Is Charged With Child Porn Possession

A Farmington principal is on leave pending a review after her brother, who lives in her Middletown home and has volunteered at her school, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

Alfred St. Hilaire, 38, of Middletown, was arrested on April 19 and charged with possessing child pornography. He pleaded not guilty and he is due back in court on May 10.

He is the brother of East Farms Principal Renee St. Hilaire and he lives with her, according to a statement from the schools.

Police said they have no information that would connect the possession of child pornography charge against Alfred St. Hilaire to his sister.

Supt. Kathleen Greider said in a statement that the Farmington school district has been working closely with law enforcement authorities in Middletown and Farmington to review the matter because Principal St. Hilaire’s brother lives in her home and has been a volunteer at East Farms on occasion as a volunteer, but did not work with students.

When officers went to the St. Hilaire’s house, they asked Alfred St. Hilaire if he downloaded anything illegal to his computer and he asked police if they were referring to child pornography, according to the arrest warrant application. According to court documents, police found more than 100 files.

Then he said he did know that some of the items he downloaded were child pornography and it is not legal to have it, but did not understand what the big deal was because they are just models, the court documents state.

The school also released a statement from Farmington Police Chief Melanson that states, “The Farmington Police Department has been in contact with investigators involved with the investigation and subsequent arrest of Alfred St. Hilaire. We have been reassured that at this point, they have no information which connects the charge of possession of child pornography of Alfred St. Hilaire to Principal Renee St. Hilaire or the Farmington School District.”

Supt. Greider’s statement says that “this is a difficult time for Principal St. Hilaire and her family, and we offer our emotional support to her as she is out pending completion of our review.”

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