At about 5:36 PM on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, members of the Boston Police Crimes Against Children assisted by members of the Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit made an onsite warrant arrest of Andrew Southern, 38, of Charlestown in the area of 100 City Square in Charlestown.

Southern was placed under arrest by virtue of a Charlestown District Court straight warrant for Unlawful Possession of Child Pornography.

Circumstances surrounding the arrest: On April 13, 2021 the Boston Police Crimes Against Children Unit received a tip notification from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that there was reported upload of child pornography video/photo on a messenger account.

Based on the preliminary investigation, it was believed that the person in control of the messenger account was a resident of the City of Boston.

On June 18, 2021, a search warrant was issued out of Suffolk Superior Court for a Samsung mobile phone that was seized from Andrew Southern on April 30th, 2021. Further investigation revealed several files and videos of child pornography.

Andrew Southern is expected to be arraigned in Charlestown District Court.