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State transportation worker faces child porn charges

Andrew Fanguiaire was arraigned in Quincy District Court Thursday on charges of possession of child pornography.
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Andrew Fanguiaire was arraigned in Quincy District Court Thursday on charges of possession of child pornography.

QUINCY — A state Department of Transportation worker is accused of viewing child pornography on his computer at Registry of Motor Vehicles headquarters here after he allegedly brought a USB drive with images to work with him.

Andrew R. Fanguiaire, 48, was arraigned today in Quincy District Court where he pleaded not guilty and bail was set at $5,000 cash, according to Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office.

The Weymouth man was also ordered by District Court Judge Diane Moriarty to wear a GPS monitoring device if he posts bail, to stay away from children under the age of 18, and to stay away from parks, schools, and other places where children congregate.

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“We allege that this defendant, a state employee, possessed child pornography and accessed it from his home and at his workplace,” Coakley said in a statement. “We thank MassDOT for their diligence in detecting this disturbing activity and for immediately bringing this matter to our attention.”

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In a statement, MassDOT spokesman Sara Lavoie said that Fanguiaire is a program coordinator for the RMV’s Merit Rating Board assigned to the RMV’s headquarters in Quincy. He was hired in April 2004.

In the statement, MassDOT said the agency’s IT department noticed an “irregularity’’ on Fanguiaire’s computer last November and then alerted Coakley’s office, which investigates crimes on state property.

He was arrested at RMV’s Quincy headquarters Wednesday night “following an interview with law enforcement,’’ MassDOT said in the statement.

Coakley said in her statement that State Police searched Fanguiaire’s RMV office and Weymouth home and recovered USB drives containing “several images and video files containing alleged child pornography.’’ The investigation is continuing.

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MassDOT said it had placed Fanguiaire on an unpaid suspension. According to state records, Fanguiaire earned $73,955 in 2013.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.