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Wellesley High volunteer lacrosse coach charged with possession of child pornography

A man who had previously volunteered as a lacrosse coach at Wellesley High School is facing a charge of possessing child pornography, authorities said.

Ryan Cook 44, was arraigned Wednesday in Dedham District Court, where he was ordered held on $10,000 bail. His lawyer couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

“Wellesley Public Schools is aware that a Wellesley resident, who had previously served as a volunteer with our WHS Boys Lacrosse team, has been charged with possession of child pornography by the Massachusetts State Police,” the school district said in a statement Thursday. “As this is an ongoing investigation, the district has no other information to provide at this time. We recognize that this news is difficult and, as always, our WPS counselors are available to offer support for any students at our school.”

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Cook’s next court date is scheduled for Sept. 30, records show.

State Police provided details of the allegations in a separate statement Thursday.

The statement said Cook was arrested after troopers executed a search warrant and discovered “numerous images depicting child sexual exploitation on multiple electronic devices used by the suspect” in his home.

State Police said they launched an investigation after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“The images of child sexual abuse material were located during an on-scene forensic preview of Cook’s devices, which were seized pursuant to the warrant,” the statement said. “The investigation by State Police is ongoing; other potential charges may be sought pending the results of a more complete forensic examination of the seized devices in a laboratory setting.”


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.