Attleboro’s Tom Carroll remembered for seeking justice for abused children

The Sun Chronicle

December 29, 2017

By David Linton

ATTLEBORO — For three decades Tom Carroll investigated the most heinous and notorious child abuse and child sex abuse cases throughout Bristol County.

They include the Father James Porter case, which started the avalanche of child sex abuse claims against priests in the Catholic Church that followed, and the Attleboro religious cult case in which a 6-month-old child was starved to death by his father in the name of God.

During the course of his career, first with the state Department of Social Services — now called the Department of Children and Families — and then as an investigator under three district attorneys, Carroll affected the lives of hundreds of other children as he sought justice for them, former colleagues and friends say.

Now, his hard work, sense of duty to children, devotion to his family, his friendship and sense of humor will be missed, his friends and former colleagues said Thursday.

Carroll, an Attleboro native, died Tuesday at the age of 64 after battling cancer.

“He was very dedicated. His goal was protecting children. He could sense when a child was in danger,” retired Attleboro Detective Lt. Arthur Brillon said Thursday.

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