Phoenix substitute teacher accused in child-porn case

A substitute school teacher in the Glendale Union High School District was arrested after investigators said they found child pornography on a thumb drive in a classroom the teacher had recently used, according to court records.

Police were called to Cortez High School in Phoenix on Thursday after someone found the thumb drive in a classroom and administrators, in an attempt to determine who owned the device, discovered what appeared to be child pornography, according to a police report.

Gregory Paul Parr had taught in the room earlier in the day and police said they also found files on the thumb drive that were associated with Parr, in addition to family photos of Parr and of his cat, Peanut.

The images on the thumb drive depicted boys and girls who appeared to be between the ages of 8 and 15 engaged in sexual acts, according to court records.

Police went to Parr’s home near 43rd Avenue and Union Hills Drive on Friday to interview Parr and investigators said he closed a laptop when detectives arrived at his door and said he knew why police wanted to question him, according to a police report.

When police asked Parr to describe the drive he requested a lawyer, according to court records. Phoenix Police Spokesman James Holmes said Parr claimed ownership of the drive.

A spokeswoman for the Glendale Union High School District said Cortez High School administrators alerted parents about the arrest on Monday.

Administrators do not believe the allegations are related to any Cortez High School students, she said.

Police are forensically investigating electronic files found at Parr’s house Friday to determine if more charges need to be filed, Holmes said.

Holmes said Parr has been suspended from Glendale Union High School District, where he had been a substitute teacher since September 2013. He has no criminal history, Holmes said.

Parr was arrested on suspicion of five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and was being held on a $65,000 bond, according to court records.

Holmes said offenders who have been involved with child pornography for an extended period of time become comfortable with their actions and do not always show concern for getting caught.

He said children need to feel comfortable enough to speak out about issues they may be going through.

“The only way that we can combat this is that sometime early in (a child’s) life there is a trust in the relationship between the child and those who are responsible for raising that child,” Holmes said. “If we start it in the home … we’ll start having less and less victims.”

source: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2015/02/23/glendale-teacher-child-porn-abrk/23891853/