Assistant principal arrested on child porn charge

The Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE — Police say an assistant principal at a South Carolina middle school has been arrested after child pornography was found in his Charlotte home.

Authorities say 32-year-old Darin Pearson traded the child porn on the Internet. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they started their investigation after getting a tip from Nashville, Tenn., authorities.

Pearson works at Sullivan Middle School in Rock Hill, S.C. Officials say he is on administrative leave. Pearson worked as a teacher at the school from 2002 to 2007 and was named teacher of the year before becoming assistant principal.

School officials say police haven't told them whether Pearson is suspected of assaulting children at the school. Parents have been notified of the arrest.

It wasn't known if Pearson had a lawyer.