Former Educator Indicted in Child Pornography Case
JACKSON, Tenn. – A former West Tennessee educator is now facing federal child pornography charges.
According to court documents, David Arthur Rohm is charged with one count of possessing child pornography and five counts of receipt of child pornography. The indictment stated that the alleged incidents occurred between August 2008 and September 2012. Authorities reported finding pornographic videos of children on a DVD and on a computer in Rohm's home.
" I'm really shocked," said neighbor Husam Abuhantash. "It's hard when you are a teacher and you are supposed to teach the children the right thing and they find out you're doing something opposite, this is just very hard to believe."
According to WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News archives, David Rohm is a former teacher at the University School of Jackson. In a 2008 story, Rohm stated that he had been teaching for 31 years overall and 20 years at USJ. At that time, he stated he served as an assistant for the athletic department and had taught chemistry, algebra and computer classes during his time as an educator.
"Wow, that's a long time. Hopefully they will just be more watchful about what's going on around the school," said parent Tiffany Richmond. "It's heartbreaking we just have to be watchful over our children and make sure we know what kind of care we are keeping them in."
The University School of Jackson Head of School Clay Liliestern said that the school became aware of allegations against David Rohm on September 27, 2012. Law enforcement informed them that Rohm had been found in possession of material at his home that constituted a criminal offense. Rohm was terminated from his position with the school that same day.
"I think that maybe somebody made a mistake to hire him to start with maybe that should have been looked into and credentials checked better," said grandparent Shirley Dyer.
Liliestern stated that no illegal activity happened at the school and USJ is cooperating with law enforcement during the investigation.
If convicted, Rohm could be sentenced to 10 years in prison on count one of the indictment and not more than 20 years in prison for the remaining five counts.
Rohm was released from federal custody on bond and surrendered his passport according to court records.