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Farmington principal on leave following brother's child porn arrest

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Alfred St. Hilaire was charged with possession of child pornography earlier this month. (Middletown Police Department) Alfred St. Hilaire was charged with possession of child pornography earlier this month. (Middletown Police Department)
MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

A Farmington elementary school principal has been placed on administrative leave following her brother's arrest on child pornography charges.

School officials said 38-year-old Alfred St. Hilaire is the brother of East Farms Elementary School Principal Renee St. Hilaire.

They said the suspect lives with his sister at a home on Fowler Street in Middletown. Alfred St. Hilaire had lived there since 2011.

Renee St. Hilaire didn't want to speak to Eyewitness News. She called police when a comment was sought.

Officials said there's no indication that Renee St. Hilaire had any involvement in her brother's charges. However, the school has placed her on leave. The exact reason was not released.

"The Farmington Police Department has been in contact with investigators involved with the investigation and subsequent arrest of Alfred St. Hilaire," school officials said in a statement. "We have been reassured that at this point, they have no information which connects the charge of possession of child pornography of Alfred St. Hilaire to Principal Renee St. Hilaire or the Farmington School District.”

"The Farmington school district has been working closely with Middletown and Farmington law enforcement authorities to review this matter," the statement continued.

School officials said Alfred St. Hilaire had previously volunteered at the school but had not worked with students. They said Alfred St. Hilaire is not a paid school employee.

On April 20, Alfred St. Hilaire was charged with possession of child pornography after a lengthy technical investigation.  His arrest came after an investigation by the Middletown Police Department with assistance from Connecticut Center for Digital Investigations. 

Police said on a laptop, they found 50 pictures and 108 videos showing girls between the ages of 4 and 12 engaging in sex acts.

Investigators said he admitted to and even defended having the child pornography.

"Alfred went on to say that he thinks some of the models must like it because they are smiling in the photos and videos," an arrest warrant stated. "Alfred continued saying that in Europe, young children regularly engage in sexual acts with adults and is culturally accepted."

Alfred St. Hilaire has no criminal history.

Court officials said Alfred St. Hilaire pleaded not guilty during a previous court appearance and is due back on May 10.

"During [Renee St. Hilaire's] absence, East Farms will be provided administrative support to continue its daily work on behalf of students," school officials said.

Renee St. Hilaire's administrative leave until further notice, according to school officials.

"It's awful. I can't even imagine what the guy was thinking," said Dave Ouelette of Farmington. "Well it's probably the conservative way to go. [The administrative leave is] probably a good idea, but hopefully she'll be cleared."

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