New Marblehead High School physics teacher William Morgan was arraigned Thursday in Rhode Island on charges of possession of child pornography and transfer of child pornography, according to the Rhode Island State Police.
Morgan, 30, of 18 Maverick St., Marblehead was among 11 people charged on Oct 31, by the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
He was arraigned Thursday at Third Division District Court, Warwick, Rode Island and released on released on personal recognizance with special conditions to include no contact with minors and no access to the Internet, police said.
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Marblehead Superintendent Maryann Perry sent out a notice to parents on Thursday stating that a new teacher in the high school had been charged with a crime in Rhode Island.
"This crime does not involve students in the Marblehead Public Schools," the superintendent said. "The teacher has been removed from the school and has been barred from any contact with Marblehead students and from accessing any Marblehead Public School buildings, property, and events. As always, the safety and welfare of our students is our highest priority and we take all precautions and measures necessary to protect our students. A qualified substitute will be covering the classes."
The superintendent said in an email interview with Patch that, by law, school officials are prevented from commenting on the details of personnel matters:
"We note that right now these are allegations and we are investigating this matter to determine the facts. Pending the completion of our investigation the employee has been placed on administrative leave, has been barred from any contact with Marblehead students, and has been barred from accessing any Marblehead Public Schools buildings, property, or events. As always, the safety and welfare of our students is our highest priority and we will take all precautions and measures necessary to protect our students."