HOUSTON - A local high school teacher is off the job, accused of using former students as models in risque photos and paintings.
Alvin ISD sent a letter home to parents on Wednesday saying that the Alvin High School teacher, identified Thursday as Scott William Burns, was removed from campus Tuesday and placed on administrative leave. The district says the initial investigation reveals that the former students were of adult age at the time.
"That's scary especially in today's world there is too much of that stuff going on, and the last thing you want to think is that a teacher that you trust your kids going to school with has possession of something like that," said parent Monica O'Carroll.
After Alvin ISD police shared details with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, 45-year-old Burns was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography.
"I feel like they need to start doing a little bit better interviewing or backgrounds checks," parent Phillip Fields said about the school district.
In the letter, Alvin ISD Director of Communications Daniel Combs wrote in part: "The top priority of Alvin ISD is to provide a safe learning environment for every student attending our schools. The circumstances surrounding this event are troubling and as a District we will continue to provide law enforcement with all available resources and assistance."
"I didn't really think that would happen in this school. It's shocking that a person like that would do such things," said student Nicholas Zepeda.
The District said at this time their investigation does not indicate any current Alvin ISD students were shown in the photos. However, law enforcement investigation continues.
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