Former Pentucket substitute trainer, going through youngster porn cartoons, fired by day camp

June 24—GROVELAND — Kenneth Niven, a former Pentucket substitute trainer arrested on youngster pornography prices, was lately fired from his place as a camp counselor at Cedardale Groveland Summer time Day Camp, in response to a press release from the camp.

Niven, 24, of Merrimac was arraigned Tuesday on prices of possession of kid pornography and photographing an unsuspecting nude particular person. He was ordered held on $15,000 money bail.

Whereas awaiting trial, Niven can’t have contact with anybody below age 18 or use social media. He’s due again in courtroom July 19 for a pretrial listening to.

Following his arrest earlier this week, the Pentucket Regional College District fired Niven from his place, in response to College Superintendent Justin Bartholomew.

Bartholomew then despatched a message to households Tuesday afternoon, saying the district was working with the Merrimac Police Division and the Essex County District Legal professional’s Workplace of their investigation of Niven.

Niven has labored at Sweetsir and Donaghue elementary colleges, Bartholomew mentioned in a press release.

Cedardale Groveland Summer time Day Camp proprietor John Dibble mentioned in a press release that Niven labored at Cedardale for a “quick time” and was terminated instantly after the camp discovered of his arrest.

“He doesn’t and can by no means work once more at Cedardale,” Dibble mentioned.

Dibble added that he and others are cooperating absolutely with Merrimac police within the division’s investigation of Niven.

“We have been suggested to not remark additional throughout an energetic investigation however we have alerted all dad and mom of our campers that Niven has been terminated,” Dibble mentioned. “We’ll proceed to cooperate with the police and supply any info we are able to to assist their investigation.”

Dad and mom had been alerted by e mail of Niven’s firing.

Niven labored on the camp in 2021 and sooner or later this 12 months as a part of a workforce of counselors accountable for a bunch of campers, in response to the e-mail.

“At the moment, we should not have any info suggesting the counselor ever acted inappropriately with any camper,” the e-mail reads. “However, over the approaching days, we can be conducting an energetic inquiry in an effort to find out if something untoward occurred of which we had been beforehand unaware.”

The e-mail additionally states that Niven handed a normal felony offender report examine in addition to a extra particular intercourse offender background examine.

“Frankly, we had been shocked by the felony prices, as we had discovered the counselor to be very conscientious and personable,” the e-mail reads.

Merrimac police performed an investigation that uncovered two photographs of kid pornography on Niven’s telephone after a mother or father reported an inappropriate dialog between him and their youngster on social media, in response to an Essex County District Legal professional’s Workplace spokesperson.

The investigation of Niven started Monday when a mother or father visited the Merrimac police station to report inappropriate communication between Niven and her 12-year-old daughter by the SnapChat messaging app. Police reached out to Niven on Monday evening and he agreed to cease by the station for an interview, in response to a report by Detective Stephen Beaulieu.

Through the interview, Niven admitted sharing his SnapChat info with 17 college students. Though he denied sending them inappropriate messages or photographs, he did admit it was incorrect as a result of he was their trainer and didn’t obtain permission from their dad and mom. He additionally admitted to sending messages to the 12-year-old lady.

“I requested Niven if I searched his telephone would I discover any inappropriate materials,” Beaulieu mentioned in his report. “Niven responded by saying sure. Niven said we might discover 1000’s of movies and pictures of scholars and academics.”

Beaulieu added that Niven gave him permission to take a look at his telephone.

The detective discovered 15,000 lately deleted photographs and movies he was in a position to retrieve and scan. Amongst them had been tons of of movies of scholars ‘and academics’ legs, in response to his report from him.

Dave Rogers is a reporter with the Every day Information of Newburyport. Electronic mail him at: drogers@newburyportnews.com. Observe him on Twitter @drogers41008.

Dave Rogers is a reporter with the Every day Information of Newburyport. Electronic mail him at: drogers@newburyportnews.com. Observe him on Twitter @drogers41008.

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