Police make fifth arrest in investigation of child pornography in Burrillville


BURRILLVILLE — Police have made yet another arrest in an ongoing investigation of pornographic images shared between students at Burrillville High School.

Brendan Cook, 19, of 100 Tarkiln Road was arrested on Monday, March 2, and charged with 16 counts of indecent solicitation of a child and ten counts of electronically disseminating indecent material to minors.

The arrest is the latest in an effort that began in October relating to explicit images shared online between minors. The first was 19-year-old Xavier LaFleur, charged in January with unauthorized dissemination of indecent materials.

Later the same month, a 16-year-old male was charged with five counts of extortion, five counts of cyber harassment, distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Last week, a 15-year-old-male and a 16-year-old male were charged with 2nd degree robbery, assault with intent to commit 1st degree sexual assault, extortion and blackmail, and conspiracy.

According to police, the latest arrest stemmed from a cyber-harassment report Cook filed in October. Cook told officers an indecent video of him was going around on Snapchat, which led police to discover he himself had sent the video to a 14-year-old girl.

Cook later admitted to sending the explicit content, and said it had been sent to other underage girls as well, while he asked for explicit content in return.

A search of his phone and computer uncovered at least 18 victims who were targeted over the course of several months, according to reports.

Cook was brought before a bail commissioner and released on a summons to appear in 6th District Court on Tuesday, March 16.

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