Rockland middle school guard arrested for incitement to childhood


A janitor at John W. Rogers Middle School in Rockland is on leave after being arrested Monday in East Bridgewater for incitement to a child under 16, officials said.

Peter Tolan, 58, of Rockland, pleaded not guilty to the charge when arraigned in Brockton District Court on Tuesday, East Bridgewater police said in a statement. He was released on $500 bail and ordered to have no contact with minors, stay away from Rockland public schools, stay off social media, and not apply for jobs at any school. , according to the press release.

Nor should he leave Massachusetts. His next court date is November 30.

Tolan allegedly sent sexually explicit messages on a social media app to a person he believed to be a 15-year-old girl and arranged to meet her for sex, police said. But Tolan was actually communicating with a female police detective, who showed up at the agreed meeting place and arrested Tolan, the statement said.

Rockland School Superintendent Alan Cron confirmed in a statement that a guard at Rogers School has been placed on administrative leave following his arrest in East Bridgewater.

“The employee will remain on leave pending the outcome of the criminal case and a review by Rockland Public Schools,” read the statement, which does not identify Tolan by name.

Prior to his arrest, Tolan was also employed by the Boston Red Sox organization, according to team spokeswoman Zineb Curran.

“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,” Curran said.

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