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The disturbing discovery about a Henrico teacher students found, but school leaders missed

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Posted at 9:36 AM, Oct 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-30 22:49:53-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- How did a teacher, whose license was revoked in two other states after pornography was discovered on his work computer, get hired in Virginia?

The teacher started at J.R. Tucker High School in the West End of Henrico in August 2010.  Five months earlier, his teaching license was revoked in New Jersey after an investigation led to pornography discovered on his work computer. Investigators said it was an “enormous amount” of porn, including lewd pictures of the teacher himself.

The pornography was first discovered by his students in New Jersey who were using his computer to listen to music, according to documents obtained from the Virginia Department of Education. The teacher left New Jersey and eventually moved to Virginia.

After he worked in Waynesboro in part of 2009 and 2010, the teacher got hired in Henrico.

Former Henrico School Superintendent Bill Bosher said losing a teaching license in another state should automatically bar a teacher from ever getting hired in Virginia.

"That’s not a little bitty cloud, that’s a great big cloud. That’s a stop, you don’t go any further," Bosher, who was not involved in the teacher's hiring, said.

What mistakes were made that allowed the teacher to get a job in Virginia? How did his past catch up with him at Tucker? And what, if anything, are school leaders doing to make sure something like this does not happen again?

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