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Lake Gibson teacher faces child porn charges

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WINTER HAVEN (FOX 13) -

A Polk County teacher and coach has been arrested on child porn charges.

Deputies arrested 41-year-old James Shannon Arnett Wednesday.

He is a teacher and assistant football coach at Lake Gibson High School.

Detectives say he had several inappropriate photos of students on a thumb drive. There also found two images that constituted child pornography, involving girls 9 to 12 years old, the sheriff's office said.

According to investigators, a student at the school found the thumb drive Tuesday, discovered the pictures, and turned the drive in to the school resource officer.

Detectives say many of the photos were of teenage girls, 13 to 17 years old, taken surreptitiously, focusing on their body parts. The teens were wearing clothes and the pictures appear to have been taken in a classroom or track-and-field setting, investigators said.

They also say they found images of female students on Arnett's laptop, the sheriff's office said.

"There were hundreds of photos of high school girls and erotica that looked like it was downloaded from the internet," said Polk Sheriff Grady Judd. "But in addition to that, we found pictures of children that were clearly child porn."

Judd says many of the teen images were of Lake Gibson High girls taken with a camera phone without the girls knowing.

Arnett is charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and is being held without bond.

He has been put on administrative leave with pay.

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