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Farmington elementary school principal on leave after brother arrested for child porn

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MIDDLETOWN — A man has been arrested on for possessing child pornography, and now his sister has been placed on leave from her position as a principal.

Alfred St. Hilaire was arrested on April 19 by Middletown Police and charged with first-degree possession of child pornography.

St. Hilaire lives with his sister, East Farms Principal Renee St. Hilaire, and as a precaution she will remain on leave from the school while it investigates.

According to the school, Alfred had volunteered at the school in the past, but had not ever worked with students.

St. Hilaire will next appear in court May 10.

Here is a full statement from Superintendent Kathleen Greider:

Recently, East Farms Principal St. Hilaire’s brother was arrested on the serious charge of possession of child pornography. The Farmington school district has been working closely with Middletown and Farmington law enforcement authorities to review this matter. We are advised that this review is necessary, given the nature of the arrest, the fact that Principal St. Hilaire’s brother resided at her home, and the fact that he has been present in the past at East Farms on occasion as a volunteer, albeit not working with students.

Our review is a matter of due diligence and in connection with that review, Farmington Police Chief Melanson states, “The Farmington Police Department has been in contact with investigators involved with the investigation and subsequent arrest of Alfred St. Hilaire. We have been reassured that at this point, they have no information which connects the charge of possession of child pornography of Alfred St. Hilaire to Principal Renee St. Hilaire or the Farmington School District.” We thank both Middletown and Farmington law enforcement for their collaboration with our school district and our common focus on the safety of our students.

This is a difficult time for Principal St. Hilaire and her family, and we offer our emotional support to her as she is out pending completion of our review. During her absence, East Farms will be provided administrative support to continue its daily work on behalf of students. In that regard, I want to express my deepest appreciation to the faculty and staff of East Farms as well as the administrators and faculty members from the Farmington school district assisting at East Farms during Principal St. Hilaire’s absence.