Child pornography charges have been brought against a teacher in Indiana County’s Homer-Center School District. Charles Kirkland, 31, is accused with committing child pornography, publishing images or videos of children engaging in sex activities, and unlawful use of a communication device.
In accordance with a press statement from the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office, state police received a Cyber Tipline Report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Google alerted the user’s account to possible child pornographic videos. According to the DA’s office, investigators located the videos and linked them to Kirkland.
According to the DA’s office, state troopers claimed that several, if not all, of the recordings included young people. Kirkland was apprehended after police were sent by search warrants to his house in Derry Township.
After being charged on Monday, Kirkland was freed on a $10,000 unsecured bond. On December 21, he must appear in court for a preliminary hearing. The Homer-Center Superintendent of Schools, Ralph J. Cecere Jr., sent the following statement to Channel 11:
“The District is working with local and state legislators to fully examine this situation and has taken actions to guarantee a secure campus. We’ll keep cooperating with all organisations. Since this is a personnel matter, the District is unable to talk or share any details at this time. The District is willing and able to help any interested parties who feel that their knowledge should be made public. The district should let the neighbourhood know that it takes this situation very seriously and will always abide by the Pennsylvania School Code and school district policies.
Cecere doesn’t see any connection between what happened and the district at all.