NBC10 - Daralene Jones
The Phoenixville community is in shock after learning middle school teacher Kenneth Hamilton Jr. was arrested on child porn charges.
An eastern Pennsylvania middle school teacher has been jailed on charges he possessed and shared child pornography with others on the Internet.
Online court records don't list an attorney for 58-year-old Kenneth Hamilton Jr., of Phoenixville, who was arrested by the state police on Saturday.
Phoenixville Area School District spokesman Keith Black says Hamilton was placed on unpaid leave Monday after school officials learned of the charges. Black says the district has received no information about any inappropriate contact by Hamilton with students. Investigators say Hamilton taught at the middle school for more than a decade and was a special needs teacher.
Troopers say they learned about the child pornography in October and seized Hamilton's computer Nov. 26.
Pennsylvania State Police say they conducted an undercover investigation into the internet sharing of child pornography. They say they downloaded files containing several images and videos of child porn and that the IP address of the computer sharing those files belonged to Hamilton.
Hamilton is being held in the Chester County Jail after failing to post $250,000 bond, and faces a preliminary hearing Thursday on 13 felony charges.