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State v. Mr. R (DMC No. 8657)

NOT CHARGED | SEXUAL EXPOLITATION of a MINOR/CHILD PORNOGRAPHY (DCAC) – State v. Mr. R. (DMC No. 8657) (The Arizona State Board of Education Investigated): Mr. R. was an elementary teacher at Balsz Elementary School. He taught various computer classes to the students. Therefore, he was responsible to make sure that all improper sites were blocked and filtered. One of the students alleged that he had shown her both child pornography and adult pornography.

He was subsequently contacted by the Director and Superintendant and the Principal about these allegations. He was immediately suspended, pending termination. We became involved and we were able to show them that there were no items on the computer which would qualify as Child Pornography/Sexual Exploitation of a Minor a Dangerous Crimes Against Children (DCAC) per ARS Section 13-3553. We then presented our evidence to the investigation unit at the Arizona State Board of Education and they agreed that there was no criminal images on the computer. However, they were still concerned with the allegation by the female student that she was shown adult pornographic images. They agreed to allow Mr. R. to submit his letter of resignation instead of firing him. In addition, no criminal charges were ever filed. He was originally facing a minimum of 10 years in prison if he were to have been charged and convicted.

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