Chapel Hill #teacher #arrested, accused of showing #pornography to students

A Chapel Hill ISD teacher was arrested after being accused of recklessly displaying pornography to students.

William A. Perkins Jr., 65, surrendered to the Smith County Jail shortly after noon Monday. Perkins was booked in with a preset bond of $2,500 and bonded out that day.

The incident came to the attention of law enforcement after two high school students reported it to a school resource officer and showed her a video, according to the arrest warrant affidavit and a Smith County Sheriff’s Office news release.

In the video, Perkins is at the front of the classroom teaching while a laptop computer is open on his desk and displaying pornographic images in plain view of the students, according to the affidavit.

The school resource officer seized the laptop and a Smith County Sheriff’s Office detective executed a search warrant on it and found a large amount of pornographic photos and videos, some of which matched the images in the video taken by the student, according to the affidavit.

Perkins was charged with the sale, distribution or display of harmful material to a minor, a Class A Misdemeanor. If found guilty, he faces a fine of up to $4,000, up to one year in jail, or both.

The status of Perkins’ employment with Chapel Hill ISD was unknown as of deadline Monday.

However, his name did not appear on the high school’s online teacher directory.