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Matoaca High School employee charged with possession of child porn

Posted at 9:05 AM, Jun 14, 2024

RICHMOND, Va. -- Chesterfield Police say they have arrested and charged a Chesterfield County Public Schools employee with possession of child pornography.

Police said they received a report in February that 47-year-old Michael R. Bourke was in possession of inappropriate images of several several girls.

Bourke, who is currently a instructional designer at Matoaca High School, knew the juvenile females while he was a teacher in North Carolina about 15 years ago, according to police.

"After investigation, detectives obtained warrants for Bourke on June 12 for five counts of possession of child pornography," Chesterfield Police said.

Bourke turned himself in on Wednesday and was released on a recognizance bond, police said.

Matoaca High School
Matoaca High School

Officials with Chesterfield Schools said that Bourke will not return to the district unless the charges are adjudicated.

Police have been in contact with North Carolina investigators about offenses that may have occurred in that state.

Also that year a former James River science teacher and crew coach was convicted of producing child pornography involving an underage relative.

Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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