A Marblehead High School teacher has been placed on administrative leave after he and 10 other people were arraigned on child pornography charges stemming from a Rhode Island State Police sting, officials said.
William Morgan, 30, was released on personal recognizance after making an initial appearance in Warwick District Court Thursday on charges of possession and transfer of child pornography, Rhode Island State Police said.
Morgan and three of the other defendants had employment that could put them in contact with children, State Police said in a statement.
Members of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began an investigation two months ago to identify suspects involved with sharing child pornography, officials said. Through the operation, search warrants were obtained and executed throughout the state. The searches led to the arrest of 11 individuals for allegedly owning illegal images and videos, the statement said.
All but one of the individuals were released on personal recognizance, the statement said. Morgan was released on $10,000 personal recognizance, which means he did not have to post bail upfront but will have to pay that amount if he fails to report for his next court date.
Morgan has been barred from access to any Marblehead public school buildings, property, or events, Superintendent Maryann Perry said in a statement.
“We have been advised of this arrest by the Rhode Island State Police,” she said. “As you know, by law we are prevented from commenting on the details of personnel matters.”
State Police said their investigation was continuing. The school is also investigating the allegations against Morgan, Perry said.
“As always, the safety and welfare of our students is our highest priority and we will take all precautions and measures necessary to protect our students,” she said.