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Sex Offender Resigns From Bethesda School

Pastor didn't believe the man was a threat

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    Records show that Buffington is registered as a sex offender.

    Bethesda, Md. -- A registered sex offender hired by a church that operates a Bethesda nursery school has resigned.

    Bethesda Cooperative Nursery School leaders say 33-year-old Travis Buffington has left his job as a maintenance man and is no longer living in a house provided by the Church in Bethesda. The nursery school is housed in the church building.

    Records show that Buffington is registered as a sex offender after a conviction for possessing child pornography.

    Pastor Todd Thomas defended his 2007 hiring of Buffington, saying he didn't believe the man was a threat.

    In a statement Sunday, school officials say Buffington will remain a member of the church's congregation, but won't be allowed on church grounds during school days or school-sponsored activities.

    Officials say the church also plans to strengthen oversight of its hiring practices.