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Former Children’s Museum worker faces child porn charge

A former Boston Children’s Museum employee is facing a child pornography charge after he left a thumb drive filled with explicit pictures in a co-
worker’s car, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

Paul Fest, 43, pleaded not guilty to one count of possession of child pornography during his arraignment in Boston Municipal Court Friday, said Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.

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Fest was arrested Thursday, following a monthlong investigation by Boston police officers and prosecutors.

A museum employee approached police April 9, after she found a thumb drive in her car. When she plugged it into her computer, she found sexually explicit images of children, prosecutors said.

The employee told investigators that she had allowed some co-workers, including Fest, to use her car to run errands, but was not sure who owned the drive, Conley’s office said. Police obtained a warrant and searched Fest’s home. They found additional explicit images, prosecutors said.

During an interview with police, Fest allegedly admitted to possessing the pornography.

At his arraignment, prosecutors requested that Fest be held on $25,000 cash bail, but Judge Annette Forde released Fest on his own recognizance.

He was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and have no unsupervised contact with children under 16, prosecutors said.

Fest was terminated Friday from the museum, where he worked as the facilities coordinator, according to a statement from Charlayne Murrell-Smith, vice president of external relations and corporate development at the Children’s Museum.

Fest is scheduled to return to court Aug. 1.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
@globe.com
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