City Employee Charged with Child Pornography

A Charlestown man was arrested on Friday for possession of child pornography.

James Mansfield, 47 of Charlestown was arrested on Friday and charged with possession of child pornography. According to BPD News, his arrest came after an Internet investigation revealed Mansfield was actively engaging in graphically sexual chats and exchanging photographs of boys in various stages of undress.

Boston Police executed a search warrant at Mansfield’s home and discovered evidence on his personal computer.

Mansfield was placed on Administrative leave effective immediately from his executive assistant position in the Boston Transportation Department. Mansfield had worked for the City since September of 1984.

Mayor Menino released this statement in reaction to these charges:

"It deeply saddens me that anyone could endanger any young person, but to know the individual that allegedly perpetrated these acts is truly devastating. As a father and grandfather I am at a loss on what to say about this case other than to assure residents that this employee will no longer be employed by the City of Boston and that we will continue to cooperate in the investigation. Without question, this type of behavior is heinous, and many of his colleagues will be shocked by the news and grieving for the victims. The City of Boston is making Employee Assistance counselors and outreach workers available here at City Hall, as well as in Charlestown where Mr. Mansfield was an involved parent and resident."

Boston Police detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit are investigating this matter further.   

Joe banks October 14, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I seen a lot of comments about him using Facebook and other social media in the herald so just a heads up too you townies and toonies if you are friends with him and have pictures up of children on your pages please block him
Joe banks October 14, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Kellie you obviously don't know the whole story but sorry if I offended you. I just call it the way I see it . Out of respect for you because I like you I will not post on this subject anymore.
James "Gem" Coughlin October 14, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Joe Banks you are an absolute dweeb. Kellie... What up
Joe banks October 14, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Dweeb really? What are you ten . And it's what's up not what up, Pull your pants up
James "Gem" Coughlin October 14, 2012 at 10:22 PM
James "Gem" Coughlin October 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM
And I'm not wearing pants it's Sunday obviously
James "Gem" Coughlin October 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Are you related to Lloyd Banks?
Kellie M October 14, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Joe Banks, whoever you are, lol, cause its obvious you know me, I don't know if you took your post down but I appreciate it :)
Kellie M October 14, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Just to make this clear, I didn't defend Jimmy or his actions, I defended the rest of the family to a comment that was deleted now. I 100% don't agree with any of jimmy did, like I said I have a kid of my own, and would never defend anyone's actions against children, just to get that clear!
mm October 15, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Joseph right now he is residing in a jail cell,so what reason do you have to feel this need to know the address. Furthermore his family is going through this as victims as well and do not need ANYONE taking this out on them. They should not be punished for what they did not do.
Joseph October 15, 2012 at 02:42 PM
That doesn't really address my question about addresses being posted. How about when he posts bail? Parents should know this so kids don't go near him. I think that is valid question and concern. How quickly does the national registry get updated once convicted? http://www.nsopw.gov/Core/Portal.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1 With regards to his family, I agree. However, I will say the safety of the general public is far more important than the innocent family members.
Debbie Evans October 15, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Nate Homan (author) and new Editor of the Patch. I had hoped the Mansfield story would not appear on the Patch. The news is out, but do we really need to open it up to comment in this forum? There is a family involved here, and Jim's wife is one of the nicest and most kind-hearted people I have ever met. The comments are hurtful to her and her boys and serve no useful purpose. Please consider removing the comment section on this sensitive issue.
Joseph October 15, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Freedom of speech? NIMBY? Hoping it wouldn't appear in a local blog that reports on current events happening in our town? I'm shocked that you wouldn't want an article about a local child predator reported on the local Patch!! I ask you Debbie, are you more concerned about the family or the children getting abused and preyed after by sickos such as Mansfield? I understand your loyalty to the family, but you should be ashamed for trying to brush this under the carpet.
Mum22 October 15, 2012 at 04:43 PM
To suggest we keep news of the arrests in our town out of the media simply because the accused has innocent family members who happen to be nice and kind-hearted is nothing short of ridiculous. While your heart may be in the right place, your logic just isn't.
Debbie Evans October 15, 2012 at 05:58 PM
First, I agree it was unreasonable for me to hope that the article wouldn't be posted on the Patch. I just feared, correctly so, that the comments would get out of hand. And, I didn’t ask the Patch to remove the article itself, just to close it to comments. Removing the comments section and/or specific comments is NOT a violation of the First Amendment right to free speech. Second, the vast majority of the above comments are in violation of the Patch’s stated policy on online comments (although many have come down, which I was happy to see). Finally, the objectionable comments will do nothing to benefit any alleged victim, and to the extent Joseph purports to be concerned about protecting others, his comments do nothing to further that.
Joseph October 15, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Danielle Valle-Fitgerald - How was this meeting announced to the residents of Charlestown? Who was invited to this community meeting to hear the Mayor's concerns? Anyone reading this post attend this meeting? Were our precinct representatives on the CNC made aware of this meeting? If so, how did they notify residents? I know I didn't know about this meeting. "Menino attended a community meeting in Charlestown yesterday that was called to discuss the charges against Mansfield." http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20221015mayor_quarantines_city_workers_computers_in_child_porn_case/srvc=news&position=also
Bostonroots4 October 15, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Jimmy has a wonderful family and a wonderful wife and kids. What he did? If in fact it is true is shameful but please respect that his wife and kids are townies and we look after our own and they are innocent and don't deserve any backlash or disrespect. Thank You
Nate Homan (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 10:52 PM
As a journalist, I have to report on instances like this. I am asking that all comments be tasteful and appropriate.
Carrol October 16, 2012 at 12:47 AM
This whole situation is really sad, and I really do feel the pain for the family. It really sucks for them to be in this type of situation. I just hope justice is due and served in the end.
Concerned Citizen October 16, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Calls were placed on Saturday afternoon informing that a meeting had been called to discuss the arrest of a Charlestown resident. Nothing more stated - gave the time and place. I believe the call went to all those parents whose children are at the Warren Prescott. Perhaps because Jim played a role on numerous school Committees. The mayor was there and he appeared very upset and concerned about this serious matter. On hand were many people from the Boston Police Department, the Superintendent's Office and others. Not much was discussed at the meeting other than the basic facts - the exchange of child pornography was done, he was arrested and would be arraigned today. They could not disclose information as the arraignment was today. The meeting was not long and then dispersed into two break rooms were people could ask questions. Most at the meeting were very distraught over this news and shocked. Many of their children are friends with his children. As one young lady stated, we need to realize that the family is also a victim to his actions. What he did was horrible and he should pay the price for what he did. But, let's remember there are two kids and their mother that need us right now and they didn't do anything wrong.
UNICORN October 16, 2012 at 04:11 PM
The accused family can be seen as victims--however,as the case develops and they stand behind Mr Mansfield (and I'm not saying they are wrong to do this) this changes the dynamic and people stop feeling sorry for them.I wish I had a solution but I don't.
The Mama Bear Effect October 16, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Join the Mama Bear Effect Movement so parents and responsible caring adults can become better educated on how to prevent and end this abuse of children!! www.facebook.com/mamabeareffect mamabeareffect.blogspot.com
Joseph October 16, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Why was it just limited to Warren Prescott? I think parents at Bright Horizons, Harvard/Kent, Edwards and even Charlestown High (that's only a few blocks away from Medford & Cook) should have all been notified. This isn't a joke. This is scary stuff. Flag me all you want. This story isn't going away. I only wish the Feds would be even more aggressive with hunting down these predators.
LB74 October 16, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Debbie Evans you hoped wrong. This is public knowledge and every parent should know about. From the parents at the Warren Prescott, to the Parents of Children in Pinehirst up in Maine! It should have been front page news in the paper on Sunday. You have the nerve to say Jim has a family that is involved. Well the feelings of Jim's victims are alot more important than his own family right now! I am sure if your or Mary Boucher's children were involved you WOULD NOT be trying to protect his family!
DebinVT October 17, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Joseph, Mister Mansfield may be found innocent, but YOU sir will continue to be a MONSTER for posting his children's address on the web. I will pray for you.
Joseph October 17, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Innocent, I doubt it. Cyber evidence is extremely difficult to discredit. It can all be traced backed to that particular location. I'm not the monster for keeping Charlestown residents aware of this predator. If this monster was in your neighborhood, I would expect you'd do everything in your power to keep the community aware of his location. As for his family, I honestly feel bad for them. Doesn't change the fact that I care more about the majority than the minority. You should do the same.
DebinVT October 17, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I believe that posting an address is just as dangerous as how you are perceiving Jim to be. One child's safety is equally our responsibility as the next. To say otherwise is unconscionable.
mm October 17, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Joseph, why do you feel that your opinion has to be the only way and if not you dont shut up. Are you the police, lawyer, judge or any other law enforcement involved in this case? You have no idea what they actually have as evidence and that big "what if" Mr Mansfield is innocent. This man has children who did nothing wrong and continue to go through hell. Let them be! The families address is irrelevant and by now the large majority knows where not to bring their children. Were you directly affected by this? Let those involved handle it in the appropriate manner and you worry about you!
Joseph October 17, 2012 at 04:39 PM
mm: I'm nobody. My opinion means nothing. However, when people start inappropriately flagging comments, I have a problem with that. When this first became public, nobody knew the location of where this guy lived. You say they now do. I say they still don't. Why do I think it's important? So the community is kept informed. I believe you do as well, but don't approve how it's being disseminated. Back to his family. It's difficult to disagree with you about how they must be hurting, but I honestly don't really care. Call me callous. If Jim didn't care about how this would affect his family, or how it would affect the neighborhood, why should I? How about the family members of the victims? Whomever they may be? I'm more concerned for them. Jim's family may be the victims of collateral damage, but such is life. Point fingers at the one arrested, not me. DebinVT: I never published his address. I actually asked why some addresses are posted and others aren't. But you don't see that post because it was removed by his supporters who flagged a fair question. All my posts are the location, so people can stay far away.
Nate Homan (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Hi everyone, This story's been live for nearly a week, so everyone's had ample time to be heard. Unfortunately, we've been getting an increasing number of posts that are offensive or otherwise violate our terms of service. Because of that, we're gonna shut down the comment thread on this story. This is obviously a contentious issue, and most folks have acted with restraint even while posing tough questions. Thank you for participating in this conversation and thank you for reading the Charlestown Patch.


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