Vancouver substitute teacher accused of having child porn

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Police have arrested a 52-year-old substitute teacher, accusing him of having and viewing images of children engaged in sex acts.

According to the Vancouver Police Department, Darrel James Dwight works as a substitute teacher in Vancouver-area school districts and has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America for several years.

“Due to the seriousness of the felony crimes Mr. Dwight is being charged with, parents should discuss this matter with children whom Mr. Dwight has had contact with,” Vancouver police said in a news release.

When police arrested Darrel Dwight Wednesday morning, they found two thumb drives in Dwight’s pocket, holding more than 600 digital images including videos.

According to a probable cause arrest affidavit, the images showed “…children in sexually explicit situations”… and that “… it appears his sexual preference is young naked boys. …”

Dwight works as a full-time substitute teacher in the Evergreen School District and is listed as treasurer for Boy Scout Troop 316 in Hazel Dell.

Troop leaders held an emergency meeting to discuss the case Friday night.

Police say Dwight also has ties to a day care called “Stephenson Children’s Care Association.”

Police said if parents think their child may have been a victim, they should call 911.

“This is a very shock to me because Darrel has always been nice and friendly,” says Sally Davis, who lives next door to the home Dwight shares with his mother in Vancouver.

Davis says Dwight spent most of his time caring for his elderly mother inside the home.

“If he’s not teaching, he’s home — he’s home most all the time … and this just really shocks me,” says Davis.

Dwight was taken to the Clark County Jail and federal officials will take custody of him next week, police said.

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