Columbus Arts and Technology Academy teacher arrested on child pornography charge

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A high school teacher at the Columbus Arts and Technology Academy has been suspended from his employment after he was arrested on May 13.

According to the school, Lyle Pierce was arrested in the school parking lot.

According to court records, a cell phone was seized from Pierce on April 24. Detectives said they discovered videos showing “obscenity involving a minor” on the phone.

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The school said it is awaiting the results of the law enforcement investigation and will continue to act in accordance with the law.

Pierce is facing a second-degree felony charge of pandering obscenity involving a minor.

The school said the charge does not involve the school or its stakeholders.

Pierce was arraigned on May 14 and released on his own recognizance. His next hearing is scheduled for later this month.

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