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Teacher in jail on child porn charges

PRESCOTT ­ Three months after a student allegedly saw her teacher, James Lynn Anderson, viewing pornographic images on a school computer, Prescott police arrested the 59-year-old man on Thursday on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, all Class 2 felonies.

Sgt. Ken Morley said Anderson's arrest went without incident at the former teacher's home in Chino Valley.

Morley said the charges stem from 10 child pornography images that authorities selected out of hundreds of images they downloaded from Anderson's school computer and his home computer.

The pictures depict at least 10 children younger than 13 in sexually explicit acts, Morley said.

On April 20, a Prescott Mile High Middle School student allegedly saw Anderson viewing sexually related material while he was conducting a class. She notified school officials, and they immediately seized the computer and called the police.

While the police conducted a three-month-long criminal investigation with the help from the Arizona Department of Public Safety Computer Forensic unit, the Prescott Unified School District Governing Board took administrative steps to fire Anderson.

The process began on May 2 and Anderson had 30 days to file a request for a termination hearing. Since he failed to file the request, the board fired him in early June.

Anderson, who was a social studies teacher and had worked at the Prescott Mile High Middle School since 1979, was the first certified employee in 25 years that the board fired, PUSD Superintendent Kevin Kapp said previously.

Morley said Anderson faces 100 years in prison if convicted on all 10 counts.