Posted October 09, 2018 06:19:38 A South Carolina teacher is facing child pornography charges after police say he used a classroom equipment box to take photos of his students’ genitalia and masturbate while using it for sex.
Katelyn Johnson, 30, faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of child pornography after police raided her home Tuesday, according to a statement from the State Attorney’s Office.
Johnson allegedly told detectives she had stolen her own personal computer, a laptop, a camera, a pen and a laptop charger.
The school district said that the equipment boxes she allegedly used for the photos were taken from classrooms.
The charges came after police found more than 50 photos of a 15-year-old girl and an 11-year old boy on a device she was using to upload the photos.
According to the statement, Johnson “made the images available to a third party and shared the images with other persons through social media.
In an effort to avoid suspicion and to ensure the safety of the students and the staff, Johnson used the device to upload a variety of photos to the internet without her knowledge or permission.”
A teacher at an elementary school in Columbia, South Carolina, is facing a felony charge of making child pornography.
The South Carolina Education Agency announced Tuesday that a former school employee, Ashley D. Johnson, 31, was suspended from her position at the Westside Elementary School in Columbia.
The district said Johnson is the mother of two children and was the only person employed at the school.
The agency said Johnson has been in custody since April 11.
She was released from jail on $5,000 bail.
The Westside School District released a statement saying, “As part of an ongoing investigation, the district has been informed of an allegation of a teacher engaging in a criminal activity.
Our district is conducting an independent review of the allegations.”
The South Carolinas state Attorney General’s Office said in a statement that it is looking into the matter and is cooperating with the investigation.
The attorney general’s office said it is cooperating “in accordance with applicable law.”
The department said the investigation into the teacher’s actions is ongoing and that it will be presented to the State Director of Investigation.
The investigation is being conducted by the South Carolina Office of the State Public Defender.
South Carolina Gov.
Henry McMaster, a Democrat, said in his statement that the State Education Agency is committed to providing education to all students and families, but that this incident should not be used to cover up the serious violations of school safety that occur.
He added that the state will not tolerate the use of our public schools for criminal activity, and he will not hesitate to prosecute any teacher who is caught red-handed.
The Education Agency said the school is cooperating fully with the authorities in the investigation and that all students will be taught by staff trained to recognize the appropriate handling of such situations.
The superintendent of the Columbia County School District in South Dakota, Kevin DeBruin, said he was “deeply disappointed” in the incident. “
The association supports our schools and all their teachers, and we are committed to ensuring that students are provided a safe and healthy learning environment,” said Amber McCaffrey.
The superintendent of the Columbia County School District in South Dakota, Kevin DeBruin, said he was “deeply disappointed” in the incident.
He said the district would cooperate with law enforcement officials and was working to ensure that any students who may have been inappropriately exposed to the images would be provided with appropriate counseling.
“I’m deeply saddened by the incident that occurred and I know this school district and everyone involved is very sorry for this unfortunate situation,” he said.
DeBuin said he would not comment further on the incident until the investigation is complete.
DeBoer said the District would provide counseling for students in the district.
“We do not have any other information on the matter at this time,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.