Former Barrow County teacher arraigned on child porn charges - CBS46 News

Former Barrow County teacher arraigned on child porn charges

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BARROW COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A former middle school teacher has been arraigned on federal child pornography charges.

William Kimbrell, 27, who was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 18, is charged with accessing with intent to view child pornography.

"Through the vigilance of our law enforcement partners, this defendant is no longer teaching and will face the consequences of his actions," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

According to Yates, in October 2012, a sheriff's office detective in southern Georgia found that a person at an apartment complex in Statesboro was distributing child pornography. In late December 2012 and continuing into January 2013, this same person was still offering child pornography for distribution, but this time the computer's internet protocol address came back to a residence in Covington.

When special agents with Homeland Security Investigations learned of the offense this year, they identified the subject as Kimbrell and obtained federal search warrants for his home in Covington.

At that time, Kimbrell was working as a middle school teacher in Barrow County.

"I'm very concerned," said Fatima Anderson, a parent in the school district. "I don't care if they haven't been tried yet, they still need to be locked up." 

When the agents executed the search warrants, they found that Kimbrell had deleted the bulk of the child pornography on his computer. The computer forensics analyst, however, was able to find remnants of files on the computer and was able to determine that Kimbrell had accessed child pornography on the internet from October to December 2013, which includes the period that he was working as a teacher.

Kimbrell resigned from his position as a middle school teacher on March 17, 2014. He had taught in the district for a year and a half.

"Consumers of child pornography create a demand for the sexual exploitation of children that has resulted in an explosion of abuse across the United States," said Special Agent in Charge Brock D. Nicholson of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Atlanta. "No matter how cleverly a suspect may think he has covered his tracks by deleting or encrypting illegal photos and videos, our special agents and computer forensic analysts are highly trained and skilled at finding the evidence of their crimes."

The school district said it does state and federal background checks on teachers but had no cause for concern with Kimbrell.

"There has been no evidence uncovered to suggest that students or school equipment is involved in any suspicious activity, and this has been confirmed by law enforcement," said school Superintendent Wanda Creel.

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