Updated 05/10/2012 07:27 AM
Elementary school teacher arrested for child pornography
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An elementary school teacher was arrested Wednesday morning on child pornography charges.
Police say an employee at a North Austin Walgreen's store called them after 57-year-old Bradford Grant Case brought inappropriate photos of boys to the store to be printed.
Case was a fourth-grade teacher at Barrington Elementary School. He has since resigned his position.
Investigators said in an arrest affidavit that Case identified some of the boys in the photographs as students. He said taking pictures of students when they were unaware was kind of like a “hunt.” He also admitted to investigators he was sexually attracted to boys and saw them as “art.”
During a search of his North Austin apartment, police found a large number of photos of boys under the age of 18 engaged in sexual conduct.
Officials with the Austin Independent School District said no Barrington students were found among the nude pictures.
"We want to make sure we cover everything thoroughly, the safety and welfare of the children at the school district is very important, and our department and the school district takes a lot of pride to make sure we keep our kids safe," Sgt. Christian Evoy with AISD Police said. "The district keeps the parents informed because we don't want the parents to feel they're kids are not safe.”
Amy Pirkle is one of many angry Barrington parents that are upset district officials allowed Case to continue teaching despite the criminal investigation which began three weeks ago.
"It makes me very, very mad because he was my son's teacher," she said. "It's ridiculous that they covered it up until now."
Pirkle tells YNN that Case took pictures of her son at school.
"They were standing in the classroom wherever they were, Mr. Case took them and they would be hugging each other or one would be doing a peace sign against the wall," she said.
Case is charged with possession of child pornography which is a third-degree felony. He was released on bail, which was set at $100,000.