10 Investigates: ODE Chief Under Investigation For Child Porn Fired For Having Porn On State Computer


UPDATED: Wednesday February 6, 2013 9:54 AM

The Ohio Department of Education has fired its chief operating officer following an investigation into child pornography.

According to a search warrants 10 Investigates obtained, detectives logged onto a computer and electronically searched the home computer of John Childs.

One detective reported that he logged on remotely and saw several files with titles of known child pornography images on the computer at Child’s north Columbus home.

According to a search warrant obtained by 10 Investigates, detectives said they uncovered images of girls between the ages of 6 and 9 engaging in sex acts with a man. The warrant also stated that detectives found a file called “sister and brother family sex.”

10 Investigates also uncovered questionable activity conducted on Childs’ work computer.

Child’s computer accessed social media sites, dating sites and file sharing programs, a 10 Investigates investigation found.

A spokesperson for the Ohio State Highway Patrol also found thumbnail images of pornography on his work laptop.

Officials said the ODE sent Childs a letter terminating him in late 2012.

In a statement released Tuesday, an ODE spokesman wrote, “Given the seriousness of the evidence presented by the State Highway Patrol, the Department of Education acted swiftly to fire immediately Chief Operating Officer John Childs.”

While the U.S. Attorney would not confirm or deny an investigation, sources said that the case is headed to the federal courthouse. Childs could face criminal charges.

Childs has declined number interview attempts from 10 Investigates.

10 Investigates also reached out to an attorney representing Childs, but the attorney also declined comment.

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