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High school teacher and youth leader arrested on child porn charges

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Polk County Sherriff’s Office

Officials in Lakeland, Florida are reporting that they have arrested at 46-year-old man who serves as a high school teacher, church youth leader, and a soccer coach after they found him in possession of hundreds of child porn images.

During a press conference, the Polk County Sherriff’s Office said they arrested Shawn Fitzerald on Saturday after receiving a tip from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.

According to the Sheriffs Office, Fitzerald had 408 child porn images on his phone, however, the images did not appear to be locally produced nor did authorities find evidence that he harmed any of the children himself.

Fitzerald is now facing 408 counts of child pornography possession and is being held on a $2 million bail.