Former WISD teacher arrested on child porn charges

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Waco Independent School District and Cedar Ridge Elementary School parents are voicing their concerns after a former Waco ISD fourth grade teacher is arrested for child pornography.

A mother whose son was in this man’s class says she is going to have a long talk with her son about the whole situation, and didn’t really hear about it until Thursday afternoon. 

“To know that was my kid’s teacher is kind of crazy, cause they are supposed to be here to help you,” says one mother.

Jon Reed is a father who lives right across the street from the school. He says: “It angers me. And I would want he or she prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“I want the best education I can get for my grandkids. I don’t need nobody doing this type of mess,” says a local grandmother.

Parents picking up their children at Cedar Ridge Elementary School on Thursday were concerned and frustrated about what they say seems like a rise in teacher misconduct cases in their communities.

Waco Independent School District calls these allegations deeply disturbing: “If true, these allegations are absolutely disgusting.”

Former fourth grade teacher 37-year old Jeremy Adler was arrested Thursday morning for alleged child pornography after the Texas Attorney General’s Office conducted a search of Adler’s home, finding several images of sexually exploited minors on an electronic device. 

“As soon as the Attorney General’s officer notified us that they were serving the search warrant to assist them with the investigation, but to also work towards making sure Mr. Adler wasn’t in his teaching position anymore,” said Waco ISD Communications Director Kyle Debeer.

Waco ISD also says an extensive background check is done on all incoming teachers.

“Process their criminal history,” Debeer said. “It includes a fingerprint check. Obviously, there was nothing in the background process that raised any red flags.”

But for mothers like Sandra, this is still too close for comfort: “They also said they don’t think it had to do with Waco students. So, I’m really hoping that’s not true because it would be something crazy to find out your kid is involved in something like that.”

Jeremy Adler

Adler was arrested for possession of child pornography after images of sexually exploited minors were found on his electronic devices. Woodway Police say he was also charged with possession of a controlled substance after several items believed to be narcotics were located in the home.

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