Police arrested a sixth-grade teacher employed by the Anaheim Elementary School District for about five years on Wednesday, May 19, on suspicion of possessing child pornography.
Police working as part of a task force that hunts down people trading imagery of children engaged in sex acts identified Joseph Williams Page, 39, of Anaheim, as a suspect in their investigation, Anaheim Police Sgt. Shane Carringer said. He is a teacher at James Guinn Elementary School, where he was taken into custody on Wednesday.
The arrest did not take place in a classroom or in view of students, Tracey Golden, Anaheim Elementary School District Director of School Safety and Operations, said. Page was held in lieu of $25,000 bail, and placed on paid administrative leave while under investigation.
Officers served a search warrant at the suspect’s home, police said. Authorities declined to go into detail about the volume and content of any “suspected child pornography images” collected during the search, APD officials wrote in a news release.
There was no immediate evidence to suggest Page had a role in producing child pornography or direct contact with any victims, Carringer said. However, the investigation into the matter was ongoing, and nothing had been ruled out by detectives as of Wednesday afternoon. Authorities asked anyone with information that might be relevant to the case to call Anaheim police at 714-765-1697.
Page has spent the majority of his time with the Anaheim Elementary School District teaching at James Guinn Elementary, Golden said. He had not been formally charged by prosecutors as of Wednesday evening, and it was not immediately clear if he had enlisted the aid of an attorney. The investigation that led to his arrest began on May 6, Carringer said.
Source: Orange County Register