A former Phelps School District janitor convicted of using a school computer to access child pornography will spend three years in prison, followed by three years extended supervision.
Richard Buell, 62, reached a plea deal with prosecutors in June. He pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing child pornography. As result, eight similar charges were dismissed.
Phelps School District Superintendent Dr. Delnice Hill told NewsChannel 7 Buell has not been a district employee since February 2013. Hill would not say if he was fired or left on his own.
According to the criminal complaint, Buell was given a school issued laptop to monitor the school's ventilation system. On February 6, 2013 the District Administrator said Buell came into her office and stated he had been viewing porn on the computer and it locked up.
The school's tech support specialist was unable to access the computer's cookies,(information stored from websites the user accessed) but did discover photos of current and former Phelps High School girls in bikinis.
An analyst from the Department of Justice discovered multiple nude images; of those images 78 were believed to be child pornography. According to the analysis, the searches for pornography were done between November 2012 and February 2013.
Upon release, Buell will have to register as a sex offender.
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