NEW BEDFORD — A man with ties to New Bedford, Fall River, and other communities in Massachusetts has been placed on the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted list.

Massachusetts State Police say Stephen Cote, 47, is being sought by the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and the Northampton Police Department for receipt of material involving sexual exploitation of minors.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for Cote in November of 2015 after investigators developed evidence that he was in possession of child pornography. Police say Cote has been on the run since the arrest warrant was issued, and has been actively avoiding capture.

Cote is white, approximately 5’8” tall and 190 lbs., with blue eyes and brown hair. He has shaved his head in the past and has also had facial hair in various forms.

Cote also has several tattoos: flowers around the name “Chrissy” on the underside of his right forearm; a flower with the names “Jocelyn,” “Sarah,” and “Amber” on his back; and a heart and cross with angel’s wings also on his back.

David Procopio

Cote has criminal convictions in Massachusetts, including for assault and battery. In the past, he has used aliases Steven Cote and Stephen Craig Cote.

Cote has known connections in Springfield, Southbridge, Westfield, New Bedford, Fall River, and Northampton, as well as in Woodstock, Connecticut, and in Broussard and Lafayette, both in Louisiana.

Anyone who has knowledge of Stephen Cote’s whereabouts, or who thinks they see him, is asked to immediately call the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section at 1-800-KAPTURE (1-800-527-8873), or simply call 911.

David Procopio