ROCKLAND — A college guard who also works for the Boston Red Sox has been charged with incitement to childhood, East Bridgewater police said.
Peter Tolan, 58, of Rockland, a caretaker at Rogers Middle School, was charged with inciting a child under the age of 16 this week.
The Red Sox confirmed Tuesday that Tolan was also an employee and he was suspended. According to Tolan’s Facebook profile page, he works as a ticket taker for the Red Sox.
“Upon learning of the allegations against Peter Tolan, involving events unrelated to his employment with the Red Sox, he was suspended without pay from his position. We will have no further comment,” the team said. in a press release.
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Police said a detective received a message through a social media account she created identifying herself as a 15-year-old girl. The detective began chatting with the person, later identified as Tolan, and again identified herself as a 15-year-old girl, police said.
“Sexually explicit messages would then have been sent by Tolan. A search for the phone number used to send the messages was traced to Tolan,” East Bridgewater Police said.
Tolan agreed to meet the girl at an address in East Bridgewater “for the purpose of a sexual encounter”, police said. When Tolan arrived at the scene, he was arrested, police said.
Police said a search of his mobile phone showed messages that matched those sent to the detective earlier in the day.
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Tolan was arraigned on Tuesday and released on $500 bond. He was ordered not to have contact with minors, not to use social media, not to leave the state, to stay away from public schools in Rockland and not to apply for a employment in a school.
He is due back in court on November 30.
Rockland Public Schools furloughed Tolan.
“(Tolan) was placed on administrative leave after Rockland Public Schools was notified of the employee’s arrest in another community,” Superintendent Alan Cron said in a statement. “The employee will remain on leave pending the outcome of the criminal case and a review by Rockland Public Schools.”
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