DCF worker arrested on child pornography charges

(Photo Courtesy: Hamden Police Department)

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A man from Hamden has been arrested on child pornography charges after more than two years of investigation.

Officials say Luis Rivas-Vasquez, 56, turned himself in to Hamden police on Wednesday.

In Feb. 2015, authorities conducted an investigation after seizing computer equipment belonging to Rivas-Vasquez. Further investigation led to the discovery of 13 movie files of suspected child pornography.

An arrest warrant was issued and Rivas-Vasquez then turned himself in. He has been charged with Possession of Child Pornography and was released after posting a $35,000 bond.

When asked if Rivas-Vasquez was employed as a social worker by the Connecticut Department of Children and Familes, DCF issued the following statement:

The Department has high professional and ethical standards for all its 3,400 employees, particularly for those who have contact with children and we are disturbed by these allegations. When we learned of the arrest of one of the Department’s social workers, we took immediate action, including ensuring he is no longer on the job and seizing his state computer which will be made available to law enforcement. In addition, although we have not received complaints regarding his treatment of children in the course of his work, we nevertheless are conducting a full assessment of that question.

Rivas-Vasquez will appear at Meriden Superior Court on June 14.