A Boston Public Schools employee is on furlough and facing legal action after being accused of asking a minor to send sexual images.
Ernest Logan, a 21-year-old technician at TechBoston Academy, was arraigned Monday in the West Roxbury Division of Boston City Court on two counts of lasciviously posing a child in a state of nudity. Bail was set at $3,000 with orders to stay away from the victim, witnesses and the school.
A parent of the minor contacted detectives from the Boston Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) unit after discovering messages about the victim and Logan, who was known to the family through the ‘school. In those messages, police said Logan allegedly encouraged the minor to send him sexual images and that the victim complied.
Boston Public Schools said in a statement that “we work quickly when notified that a member of our community has done something that goes against this shared value. Although we cannot comment on the details of this incident, we can confirm that a member of the community has been placed on leave and we are cooperating with the Boston Police Department and their investigation.”
Logan was arrested on Friday. He is represented by Kenneth McGoldick and is due back in court on April 27. The investigation is still ongoing by Boston police and prosecutors assigned to District Attorney Kevin Hayden’s Criminal Strategies Office, which includes the office’s Human Trafficking and Exploitation Unit.
Current law does not protect minors who have reached the age of consent, which is 16 for sexual intercourse and 14 for other sexual contact in Massachusetts. Hayden is pushing for a bill that would change that.
A hearing on the bill was held before the Judiciary Committee of the Massachusetts Legislature in December. The legislation would make it a crime for adults in a position of authority or trust – including educators, caregivers, coaches, clergy and others – to have sex with any minor under their supervision or care until the age of 18.
“Providing safe and supportive environments for young people to learn and grow is essential to ensuring their future success. They deserve nothing less, and as adults we have a duty to ensure that every child is protected,” Hayden said. “As a district attorney, as well as a parent, coach, clergy member and board member of youth serving nonprofits, I understand the level of trust and authority that each of these roles holds on young people. A child does not suddenly become less vulnerable to this unequal power structure when he turns 16. »
Anyone who thinks a Massachusetts child might be a victim of abuse can call the Department of Children and Families’ Child-at-Risk Hotline at 1-800-792-5200. People concerned that a child may be exploited online can report a Cybertip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or www.cybertipline.com.