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Coach out on bail

November 18, 2013

PAWTUCKET—A Pawtucket man and noted youth basketball coach, accused of possessing child pornography, is out on bail after being arrested by the Rhode Island State Police on Friday.
Jason Elliott, 41, of 30 Blodgett Avenue, 1st floor, was arrested by the State Police Computer Crimes Unit/ICAC Task Force on Friday after a clinical social worker who was working with Elliott became concerned about his activity and notified the State Police. The investigation led to a search of Elliott's apartment and the seizure of digital media allegedly belonging to Elliott that contained child pornography, state police said.
Elliott was arraigned before a bail commissioner on Saturday, where bail had been set at $50,000 with surety. He was also ordered to have no contact with minors and no access to the Internet. He was scheduled to be re-arraigned in 6th District Court on Monday, but had posted bail by that time and did not appear in person. His next scheduled court appearance is set for Feb. 7.
Elliott is an organizer and coach of the Rhode Island Hawks AAU Basketball program, which sponsors elite basketball teams for boys in grades 5 through 12. According to a website, which lists a Warren, RI address for the Rhode Island Hawks, Elliott has been running the organization for over 10 years.
When asked if the investigation involved any youths involved with the basketball program, State Police Major Todd Catlow Detective Commander, said, “We're looking into everything. We have an extensive amount of digital media we need to examine.”
Catlow also said that investigators are reaching out to anyone who was involved in the basketball program or anyone who might have information related to Elliott's case.
While the Rhode Island Hawks was listed out of a Warren address, Catlow said Elliott had been in Pawtucket for some time. He said it was also his understanding that the Hawks was a rather high level youth basketball program that drew participants from throughout the state.
When asked if there had been any complaints to the Pawtucket Police Department regarding Elliott or the Rhode Island Hawks, Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins said he had no record of anything to date.
State Police are asking that anyone with information that would assist with this investigation to call the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit/ICAC Task Force at (401) 444-1710.


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