Police arrested a former school employee after a child porn investigation uncovered allegations of inappropriate relationships with at least three students. Now investigators are trying to find out if there are more victims.
Aaron La Mere, 39, worked in the audio visual department at Northwood High School until early March, when he resigned for personal reasons. A school counselor was later surprised when told that two students had received phone texts from La Mere soliciting sex.
Police detectives began an investigation when child pornography was found on a laptop computer La Mere used at the school that included a picture of a former student naked.
La Mere was appeared in Montgomery County District Court Tuesday facing more than a dozen charges, including possession of child pornography, sexual solicitation of a minor, sex abuse of a minor and indecent exposure. Judge Patricia Mitchell set bond at $50,000 with conditions that he stay away from Northwood High, minors and the alleged victims, and stay off computers.
His lawyer argued for lower bond, saying La Mere poses no danger to the community.
"He hasn't made any attempt to go back and intimidate anyone or to try and interfere in any way with the police investigation," Paul Stein said.
Police now have identified three victims at Northwood and are trying to determine if there are any others.
Another problem facing Montgomery county public schools became public Monday. Neelsville Middle School in Germantown also had a staff member arrested. The principal's letter to parents said Cuyler Cornell was charged with having inappropriate contact with a minor.
"Sources again within the school system saw behavior that alerted them that something wasn't right in a relationship between the defendant and at least one boy," Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks said.
Montgomery County Public Schools said it reported the information to police and is cooperating in the investigations but had no further comment.