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Published on May 29, 2024
Feds Allege Ex-Boston Schoolmaster Arrested for Child Porn, Suspected GroomingSource: Google Street View

A former Boston teacher has been slapped with serious charges for allegedly trading in child pornography and engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a minor online. Carter Peaseley, 40, of Quincy faced federal charges after his arrest on May 23, and has since been released under strict conditions including house arrest and a ban on unsupervised contact with children.

Peaseley is accused of having tried to teach a 15-year-old minor how to kiss and planning to meet with them for unlawful purposes, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. Investigators claim that he instructed the young teen to delete his texts and move their communication to a different platform. When authorities searched Peaseley's residence, they allegedly found 243 images of CSAM on his devices.

The former educator, who once taught at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science and Match Charter School in Boston, now faces a minimum of five years to a potential 20 years behind bars. Penalties also include up to a life term of supervised release and fines reaching $250,000. The acting U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy and FBI Boston Division's Jodi Cohen disclosed these details with Peaseley's charges being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Tobin.

This troubling case forms part of Project Safe Childhood, a larger nationwide crackdown to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse, initiated by the Department of Justice in 2006. Its effort is to aggressively locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who exploit children and to effectively identify and rescue victims. For more information on this initiative, the DOJ directs individuals to their Project Safe Childhood website.

Although the charges in the case remain allegations at this juncture, the defendant's presumption of innocence abides until proven guilty. The serious nature of these offenses underscores the vigilance necessary to protect children from sexual predators, especially those entrusted with the care and education of our youth.