Springfield School Security Officer Arrested on Gun Charges, Called ‘Local Gun Trafficker’

Springfield School Security Officer Arrested on Gun Charges, Called ‘Local Gun Trafficker’

SPRINGFIELD – A security guard at Science and Technology High School was arrested after police found several firearms in his possession, including several high-capacity firearms and two with the serial numbers removed.

Pablo Correa, 44, of Springfield, was arrested July 2 on 14 firearms-related charges, five of which are felonies, said James Leydon, a spokesman for Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni.

He was identified as a local gun trafficker in the area and was the target of a months-long investigation, Gulluni said in writing.

Correa faces six counts of carrying a firearm without a license, five counts of possessing a large-capacity firearm or feeding device and two counts of defacing a serial number on a firearm and possessing ammunition without a license, according to court documents.

Correa was arraigned Wednesday in Springfield County Court. During the proceedings, Judge Robert T. Santaniello set bail at $10,000, $40,000 less than what prosecutors from the district attorney’s office had requested, and he was released the same day.

“One of the reasons why the judge set a lower fine than the one requested by the prosecution is the defendant’s professional record, which is currently that of a security guard at the Secondary School of Science and Technology,” Gulluni said in the statement.

Correa posted bail and was released from the Hampden County Correctional Facility the same day as his arraignment, the statement said.

The district attorney’s office alerted the school department of the arrest.

“He was at work when we were notified of the arrest Monday morning,” said Azell Cavaan, Springfield Schools communications director.

Correa was immediately placed on paid leave pending an investigation into his arrest. He has worked in Springfield Public Schools since October 2021 and has always been a security guard, she said.

The starting salary for school security officers is $15 an hour, Cavaan said.

“I am both concerned and disappointed to hear this,” said Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, who is also chairman of the School Committee. “You are there to protect, not to harm. Appropriate action has been taken.”

The school was the scene of a shooting on March 11, when three men forced their way into the school after a staff member opened a locked door and asked them to leave. Police, security guards and staff have all been praised for their professionalism in handling the violence.

Shots were fired inside the school, but no one was injured. One student, who was the target of the violence, was beaten with a pistol and suffered a cut to the face. At least three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting.