Mass. officer quits after child-porn charge

Lowell Sun (Massachusetts), Briefs
BYLINE: The Lowell Sun

Adams, MA

ADAMS (AP) -- A veteran Adams police officer accused of viewing child pornography on a computer in the evidence room at the police station has resigned.

The North Adams Transcript reported yesterday that Alan Vigiard plans to pursue retirement benefits after pleading not guilty at his arraignment at Northern Berkshire District Court to charges of possession of child pornography.

Vigiard was arrested after state police determined that time stamps reporting access to the pornographic files matched the times the 45-year-old officer had been logged into the system. He was just one of four officers with access to the evidence room.

Vigiard was placed on paid administrative leave. The town has rehired an officer who was laid off during budget cuts.

Vigiard's home number is unlisted and it could not immediately be determined if he has a lawyer.

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