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Former Augusta Schools Employee Indicted on Child Porn Charges

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A former school technology specialist for Augusta County is indicted on charges of possessing child pornography.

Investigators say he looked at the illicit photos on a county-owned computer while on school property.

The suspect in this case, Kevin Wade Eagle, had worked for Augusta County Public Schools since 2001. He served as a classroom aide, then a teacher and for the past five years, as an instructional technology resource teacher. But he resigned during the criminal probe two weeks ago.

Eagle, 34, of Augusta County was indicted Monday on six counts of possessing child pornography. As of late Tuesday afternoon, he had not yet been arrested on those charges.

Investigators say that Eagle's supervisor noted some suspicious web surfing activity on county servers and turned the case over to the sheriff's office. They say Eagle worked with teachers in three Augusta high schools, but over the past couple of months, used a county-issued laptop to view the illegal pictures while on school property.

"The school has a network area that has its own IP address, which registers with the computer and that put him in those locations when he was using the computer," said Caleb Spence, an investigator with the Augusta County Sheriff's Office. "The stuff that we found was mainly surfing, internet surfing, and finding pictures -- naked pictures of children."

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Superintendent Chuck Bishop said school division filters keep students and most staff from accessing inappropriate sites. Their jobs require IT employees to have freer access, but their internet use is still monitored.

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office says there have been no reports of any students or teachers seeing any illegal images on Eagle's computer.

Eagle is set for his first court appearance on February 11.


Augusta County School Board
MEDIA RELEASE

The following statement is issued with respect to the recent allegations involving former employee, Kevin Eagle.

Mr. Eagle was formerly employed by the school division as an instructional technology resource teacher. Mr. Eagle resigned his position on January 16, 2013. I immediately accepted his resignation. I have no additional comment regarding personnel-related matters involving Mr. Eagle. I also have no comment regarding any ongoing criminal investigations other than to affirm that the Augusta County Public Schools cooperates fully with law enforcement in connection with its investigations.

In general, the Augusta County Public Schools takes regular steps to monitor and regulate employee and student use of division computer networks and equipment. The school division employs filtering systems that are designed to prevent students and most staff from accessing inappropriate internet sites. Our information technology employees, because of the nature of their positions, have broader access to the internet. Notwithstanding such broader access, all employees, including information technology employees, are governed by the Board's Acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits employee use of computer networks to access inappropriate websites.

When the division's network filtering software identifies potentially improper use, we initiate an immediate investigation to determine the nature of the suspicious use. Where our investigation reveals improper use, we take immediate steps to limit the employee's access to our equipment or facilities. When appropriate, we consider further disciplinary action and referral to law enforcement.

There will be no further comment at this time.

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