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Second child porn incident involving Barrington Elementary teacher

For the second time in less than a week, Austin ISD officials announced Monday that a teacher at Barrington Elementary was the subject of a child pornography investigation.

41-year old Jason Whitson, who has been at the school since 1997 and a teacher since 1999, is being investigated by federal officials. Whitson has not been charged, and was placed on administrative leave last week when district officials learned of the investigation. He resigned his post with the district Monday night.

According to the district, Whitson has not worked at any other AISD schools.

The news comes a week after Bradford Grant Case, a 57-year-old teacher at Barrington, was charged with possession of child pornography, a state felony. Case was released on bail last week. He resigned his employment with AISD before charges were filed, according to school officials. Case was arrested last week after he gave a pharmacy employee a CD with inappropriate digital images of young boys, police said. Officials say the CD did not contain images of Barrington students, but did contain images of youths at Case's home.

Officials say the two cases do not appear to be related.

Parents will get their chance to ask questions at a special meeting. Representatives from the district, AISD police, and Barrington Elementary will be present for a meeting at the school Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Here is the text of the letter sent to Barrington parents:

Dear Barrington Elementary School community,

I regret to inform you that a Barrington Elementary School teacher has been placed on administrative leave, pending the results of an investigation.

Yesterday, the Austin Police Department notified AISD’s Police Department that the teacher in question was the subject of an investigation. The district has placed the teacher on administrative leave.  At this time, it does not appear the investigation involves Barrington students.

To preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation, I am limited in providing any additional information at this time.  I will continue to share information with you as allowable in the future.

This situation is upsetting to all of us. And, I assure you that the safety and well-being of our students remains our first priority.  Our community of teachers and staff members continues to work together to ensure classes have continued as scheduled for the teacher’s students and that the learning environment for all students remains uninterrupted.

Thank you for your continued support of the Barrington Elementary School community. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 414-2008.

Sincerely,

Susan Stamy
Principal
Barrington Elementary School


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05/15/2012 6:47AM
Second child porn incident involving Barrington Elementary teacher
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