Po­lice say teacher’s lap­top showed porn

The Dallas Morning News - - Weather - Tom Steele

An East Texas high-school teacher was ar­rested this week af­ter au­thor­i­ties say his lap­top dis­played porno­graphic im­ages dur­ing class.

Two stu­dents at Chapel Hill High School in Tyler went to a school re­source of­fi­cer March 1 and showed her videos taken dur­ing their English class. In the video, ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest-war­rant af­fi­davit, Wil­liam Perkins was teach­ing while sex­u­ally ex­plicit im­ages were vis­i­ble on a lap­top on his desk.

The of­fi­cer seized the com­puter as ev­i­dence, not­ing that Perkins tried to take it away from her, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Smith County deputies searched the com­puter and found “a large amount of pornog­ra­phy,” the af­fi­davit says, in­clud­ing im­ages match­ing those cap­tured in the stu­dents’ videos.

A deputy wrote in the af­fi­davit that it ap­peared that the screen saver on Perkins’ lap­top had been set up to dis­play pho­tos from the com­puter, which were porno­graphic.

Perkins, 65, faces one mis­de­meanor count of sale, dis­tri­bu­tion or dis­play of harm­ful ma­te­rial to mi­nors. He was booked into the Smith County jail Mon­day and re­leased af­ter post­ing $2,500 bond.

Chapel Hill ISD has not com­mented on Perkins’ ar­rest. He is no longer listed as an em­ployee on the high school’s web­site.

WIL­LIAM PERKINS

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