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Portland High School teacher arrested for child pornography
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Portland High School teacher has been arrested by State Police for possessing child pornography.

Police say 44-year-old Gerald White of Freeport was arrested by the Computer Crimes Unit at Portland High School Wednesday morning.

White is charged with possessing sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 12 and was taken to the Cumberland County Jail.

Police say White is an art teacher at Portland High. White's computer was seized, and an initial examination showed dozens of images of child porn, but none of the children depicted are believed to be from Maine. The Computer Crimes Unit began investigating White after receiving up on a tip.

The Portland Public School district released a statement saying they immediately put White on administrative leave as soon as they were notified of his arrest.

The statement read in part, "We are not aware of any allegations or evidence that the teacher engaged in any such activities in school or was using school computers or networks.'

The district said White has worked at Portland High School since he was hired in December of 2010 as an educational technician. White became an art teacher at Portland in September 2013.


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