UPDATE: This article has been updated with information from Superintendent Amber Bock.
WESTBOROUGH – A Westborough school custodian has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.
On Monday, Westborough Police investigators, along with the Massachusetts State Police’s Internet Crimes against Children, arrested and charged a 52-year-old Westborough resident, Andrew Size, with possession of child pornography.
According to Westborough Public Schools Superintendent Amber Bock, the department was notified by Westborough police late on Sept. 26 about an active investigation regarding Size, who worked as a night custodian at Fales Elementary School.
Size has been placed on administrative leave, and he will not be allowed to return to campus pending the outcome of this investigation, said Bock.
“The Westborough Police Department conducted a thorough search of Fales and have reassured us that none of the content being reviewed as part of the investigation has any connection to Fales Elementary School or the Westborough Public Schools,” said Bock. “WPD’s search of Fales was assisted by a specialized K9 unit that has specific training in detecting electronic devices as well as the state police forensic unit. These units confirmed both the physical facility as well as the school’s network and computers did not have any inappropriate content connected to this investigation.
“We are shocked and saddened that a member of our school community is allegedly involved with such an awful and damaging situation. I would like to thank our colleagues at the Westborough Police Department as well as the state police forensic unit and K9-Niko and his handlers from the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) for their assistance and collaboration,” said Bock.
A trooper assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Cyber Crime/ICAC Task Force received a cybertipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The report was forwarded to the Westborough Police Department, and it was assigned to Westborough police detectives for investigation.
As a result of the investigation, Westborough Police investigations, in collaboration with Massachusetts State Police, executed a search warrant issued by Westborough District Court for Size’s residence, resulting in his arrest.
Size was held on $2,500 bail, and he was scheduled to be arraigned at Westborough District Court on Sept. 27.
This is an ongoing investigation. The Westborough Police Department said additional charges are pending.