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Pawtucket H.S. teacher arrested on child porn charges

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A veteran English teacher at Shea High School in Pawtucket was arrested Thursday morning on child pornography charges.46-year-old George Grimes is now on administrative leave from the school pending an investigation.

Thursday night, Grimes wouldn’t comment about the charges when ABC 6 News knocked on his door. He responded to our questions asking us to leave his property.

The news of Grimes arrest spread quickly among students in Pawtucket.

"I'm surprised he was a great guy, he also cared about his students,” said one student.

A State Police task force searched Grimes' home Thursday morning taking a laptop, hard-drives and a cell phone, after getting a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

"Certainly there is a quantity of alleged child porn. At this point how much is going to be what we don't know,” said RI State Police Major Todd Catlow.

Grimes was arraigned and released on $10,000 dollars bail. He was ordered to stay away from school and not to have contact with children.

"I had him freshman year. It is sad for any school to go through. I'm trying not to judge because he is innocent until proven guilty," said Shea High School Senior, Darius Fahnbulleh.

The Pawtucket School Department and Mayor's office released a joint statement Thursday saying city schools are safe and any alleged wrong doing is immediately addressed. Grimes is on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.



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