An elementary school teacher living in Multnomah County was “charged for allegedly being in possession of and duplicating child pornography,” the district attorney’s office announced Friday.
Brett Cunningham, 40, is a licensed teacher in Oregon, most recently employed at a Hillsboro elementary school. He is charged with two counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse and eight counts of second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
Cunningham was indicted by a Multnomah County grand jury Monday. The charges do not allege Cunningham had physical contact with a minor.
On Thursday, Cunningham was arraigned by phone in Multnomah County Circuit Court. The state and court agreed to allow him to remain out of custody until the trial, the district attorney’s office said.
Cunningham came under investigation in April when the Oregon Department of Justice received a tip from an internet company that he was possibly uploading child pornography to the internet.
In May, the Oregon Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force obtained a search warrant and recovered electronic media that was then submitted for forensic analysis.
The district attorney’s office is asking for help from the public in the investigation because of Cunningham’s access to children.
The principal of Orenco Elementary School in Hillsboro released a statement Friday afternoon, saying Cunningham was a teacher there in various capacities from 2013 until May 5, when the school was notified of the investigation and he was placed on leave. The statement said Cunningham resigned Sept. 14 in lieu of termination.
People with information are being asked to contact Tyler McCourt, a special agent with the Oregon Department of Justice, at 503-934-1107.
This story has been updated.
— K. Rambo