Franklin school custodian busted for child porn

A Franklin Public Schools custodian was arrested on charges of child porn possession earlier this week. (Credit: Thinkstock)
The custodian reportedly did not work in the school when children were present. Credit: Thinkstock

A Franklin public schools custodian was busted on child porn charges this week.

Police report that 45-year-old Michael Silvia was arrested earlier this week at his home in Taunton. He pleaded not guilty on charges of possession of child pornography on Wednesday and is free on $500 bail, according to WBZ.

In a letter to parents, School Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski and Town Administrator Jeff Nutting made it clear that while the man was arrested, he did not work at the school during daytime hours.

“At this time, we are not aware of any facts or allegations that would lead us to believe that any Franklin public school student or staff member has been impacted, as this individual worked on the late shift when school was not in session,” said the letter.

Police told WBZ that after an investigation, they arrested Silvia in his home thanks to a tip they received  from a cyber watchdog group.

Silvia is no longer employed by Franklin public schools.

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