Substitute teacher arrested, charged with 25 counts of possessing child pornography
41 Action News Staff
2:53 PM, Jan 3, 2014
10:18 PM, Jan 3, 2014
JOHNSON COUNTY, Mo. - An elementary school substitute teacher was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.
Andrew Johnson Ray Jr., 52, of Warrensburg, Mo., was arrested on Oct. 31, 2013, while working at Holden Elementary School, when investigators executed a search warrant and charged him with 25 counts related to child pornography possession. He is currently in custody in the Johnson County Jail on $250,000 bond.
Charging documents state that on October 31, 2013, investigators uncovered 207 files of child porn on his computer and hard drives, including sexually explicit images and videos with victims ranging from 6 to 16 years old.
"I made the decision that in this case 25 would be enough to at least show that this was a collection," Johnson County, Mo., Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Stoppy said.
According to Stoppy, Ray could potentially be looking at 360 years in prison if each of the charges were run consecutively with one another.
"The possession of child pornography and doing anything with children is something we act on right away. It really doesn't matter what your background is or where you're from or frankly who you are," she said.
Detectives also found a resume on his desk stating he was certified for teaching grades 1 through 6.
41 Action News reached out to the Holden R-III school district and received this statement from Superintendent Wade Schroeder:
"The Holden R-III School District did have a substitute teacher picked up by the State Highway Patrol on October 31, 2013. At that time we did not have any confirmed information for the nature of this detention. The substitute was vetted through all of the substitute teacher procedure set by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The substitute in question did pass the most recent background check administered in August of this year and had met all of the criteria for obtaining a substitute certificate in the state of Missouri. "
Schroeder added that Ray had only worked with the district "less than a handful of times," and just this most recent school year. He also acknowledged that parents in the district had not been notified at the time of Ray's initial arrest.