Montgomery County special ed teacher faces child porn charge

A Montgomery County special education teacher was charged Tuesday with sexually soliciting a minor and possessing child pornography after detectives seized computers and thumb drives from his home that contained nude images of young girls, authorities said.

Jeremy Earle Brown II, 28, of Germantown, first caught the attention of authorities when he initiated sexually-oriented conversations with undercover detectives from Louisiana and Michigan who were posing as 14-year-old girls, police said. At times during the interaction, which spanned from July 5, 2010 to December 1, 2010, police said Brown asked his online correspondents to view a webcam video in which he was naked and masturbating. Brown, a special education teacher who works with autistic students in kindergarten through fifth grade at Meadow Hall Elementary School in Rockville, was posing as a 27-year-old man from D.C., police said.

Dana Tofig, a Montgomery County schools spokesman, said school officials were notified of the investigation on Aug. 31, and Brown was placed on paid administrative leave the next day. He said Brown, who was hired in November 2006, has “certain due process rights,” but school officials were “moving forward with dismissal proceedings.”

Tofig said he was not aware of any previous disciplinary troubles in Brown's short career with the school system

Investigators with the Kenner Police Department in Kenner, Louisiana, and the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office in Macomb, Michigan, tipped Montgomery County authorities to Brown’s conduct, and the local detectives soon searched his house. They seized several computers and thumb drives containing nude images of young girls. None appeared to be of his students, said Officer Rebecca Innocenti, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman.

Brown was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of sexual solicitation of a minor and one count of possession of child pornography, authorities said. He posted $50,000 bond and was released the same day, authorities said.

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