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School administrator faces child porn charges

While sex crimes charges are considered very serious, allegations of child pornography or of sexual conduct with a minor can ruin a person's reputation for years to come in many aspects of their life. This can be a devastating outcome for those who are innocent of these crimes.

On Nov. 2, a 43-year-old Vacaville, California school administrator was arrested after police allegedly found illicit images on his computer. In a course of a search of his home in Clayton, they were said to have found the images, and subsequently charged him with the possession of child pornography. However, police searches of the man's work computers and mobile devices revealed no improper images or material. He is now being held on $20,000 bail.

A Vallejo superintendent said there is no indication the administrator "had any inappropriate contact with any student or engaged in any inappropriate activity in the workplace." The man has been put on paid administrative leave. The 43-year-old has held several administrative positions within different school districts.

It is unclear as to what led police to search the man's home, but the details of the investigation, as well as police conduct, should be examined and scrutinized in order to make sure the man's rights are protected. Sex crimes allegations can have detrimental effects on anyone who has to face them, especially if they work in a school setting or work with minors. Those facing criminal charges are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. In this type of case, it is important to present a strong and meaningful defense with an aim toward an impartial and just resolution of all outstanding allegations.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Steven Shields, Vacaville School Official, Arrested On Child Pornography Charges," Aaron Sankin, Nov. 3, 2011

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