Riverdale Middle School teacher arrested on child pornography charges

Riverdale Middle School Teacher arrested on child pornography charges

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - A middle school teacher has been arrested on child pornography charges after his wife allegedly found a one of the explicit videos on a memory card.

According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, officers arrested 38-year-old Edward Crowell, a math and science teacher at Riverdale Middle School in Old Jefferson, and booked him with 51 counts of Possession of Pornography Involving Juveniles.

The investigation began on Tuesday, April 26, when Crowell's wife contacted the Sheriff's Office after discovering child pornography on a memory card Crowell gave to her. According to JPSO, she told police that she was attempting to upload photos to Facebook when she saw a video thumbnail of an underage girl performing a sex act and immediately called police.

A JPSO detective confirmed that the memory card contained child pornography and obtained a search warrant for Crowell's residence. According to the sheriff's office, detectives seized computers, five thumb drives and another memory card containing 50 sexually explicit videos of young girls between the ages of 4 and 12.

When a deputy confronted Crowell, he admitted to downloading the child pornography, but said he did so for academic reasons. According to JPSO, Crowell told investigators that he was an attorney in Iowa handling cases in reference to juveniles. Police say Crowell told investigators that he knew downloading child pornography was illegal and that he forgot to delete the images.

Crowell is currently under arrest and being held in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna. The Bond for 30 of the child pornography counts was set at $150,000, but he is being held without bond for the 21 remaining counts.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said additional charges are possible.

Crowell began his employment in the Jefferson Parish Public School System through Teach NOLA in 2014. According to a spokesperson with the school system, there have been no complaints regarding his employment.

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