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Substitute teacher arrested for possession of obscene material

8:13 PM, Dec 8, 2012   |    comments
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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A substitute teacher with the St. Johns County School District was arrested for possession of obscene material, according to St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Matthew Clay Atkinson, 26, was arrested Friday.  Sgt. Chuck Mulligan with St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said the child exploitation charges are "internet based."

Mulligan was unable to confirm if it was child pornography. He said Atkinson is not charged with anything that involves contact with children, but the investigation is ongoing.

The cyber crimes unit conducted the investigation, Mulligan said. He added the sheriff's office notified the school district about Atkinson's arrest.

Christina Langston with the St. Johns County School District said that he was a newly hired substitute teacher.

Atkinson's first job was December 4 and he has subbed at three different schools: Mill Creek Elementary, Wards Creek Elementary, and Gaines Alternative and Transitional School, according to Langston.

He cleared the FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement background checks before being hired by the St. Johns County School District, Langston said.

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Langston added that the superintendent of school in St. Johns County School, Dr. Joseph Joyner, will recommend Atkinson's termination at Tuesday's school board meeting.

The incidents were not school related, Langston added.

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