High school principal arrested on suspicion of having child porn

The school says the principal is on leave.
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The principal of a Minnesota high school was arrested on suspicion of having child pornography.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Tuesday the principal at Chanhassen High School was taken into custody without incident and booked into Carver County jail.

GoMN generally does not name suspects who have not been charged with a crime. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says its investigation is ongoing, and charges in the case are expected.

Agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force made the arrest after executing search warrants at the man's residence, as well as at the high School.

The principal is on leave, and the school district said it has its own separate investigation process. That's been started, and will take some time to complete.

"This is a difficult day for our students, parents and community," said Superintendent Jim Bauck in the statement from the district. "There are questions that we want answers to and we’re working with the BCA as they conduct an investigation to find those answers. Chanhassen High School staff today was focused on their students and on dealing with this unfortunate news."

More on the task force

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force works with state and local law enforcement agencies to respond to child pornography and "cyber enticement" cases. It's part of a national program.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says reports of "sextortion" have gone up significantly in each of the past two years. Three-quarters of the time, it involves a female child victim; 15 percent of the time it's a male child.

As expected, the internet has made child porn more prevalent. The Department of Justice says online communities can give sexual predators easier access to possible victims, and notes that once an image is online, it can be there forever – circulating the web, and affecting the victim forever.

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