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Attleboro police sergeant charged with child pornography

A veteran Attleboro police sergeant was arrested Thursday by federal agents on multiple charges of child pornography in Rhode Island, authorities said.

Richard F. Woodhead, 54, was arraigned on charges of attempted enticement of a minor, attempt to receive child pornography, and possession of child pornography, the US Attorney’s office in Providence said in a press release.

Woodhead, a 32-year member of the Attleboro force, was ordered held without bail by US District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan, the release stated. A hearing to review the bail conditions was scheduled for April 12.

He was arrested following a court-ordered search of his Attleboro home by Homeland Security investigators and Rhode Island state troopers assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, prosecutors said.

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Woodhead has been placed on administrative leave from the Attleboro Police Department, Sergeant Richard Campion said.

Campion declined further comment.

He referred all questions to the US attorney’s office in Rhode Island.

According to city budget documents, Woodhead was hired by the police department in 1985.

The case remains under investigation by both law enforcement agencies and the US Attorney’s office.

In a statement, Attleboro Mayor Kevin J. Dumas called the charges facing Woodhead “very serious and egregious criminal conduct.”

“This news is disturbing to everyone, including the dedicated men and women who serve in the Attleboro Police Department,” Dumas said.

He added that city officials are “taking appropriate steps and immediate action,” in the matter.


John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.