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Waukegan Teacher Arrested for Child Porn | Miguel Juarez Middle School Art Teacher Joshua Rich

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Miguel Juarez Middle School art teacher Joshua Rich is accused of viewing child pornography on his school computer during class at his north suburban middle school, and police are warning parents to ask their children about inappropriate behavior.

Rich, 53, an art teacher at Miguel Juarez Middle School in Waukegan, was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of child pornography, according to Waukegan police. Rich has been with the school district for about 13 years.

Chief Daniel Greathouse said the investigation continues and “at this point we don’t have any information that any school children were victimized ... However, I want to make it clear to all parents to speak to their children, and if anyone has any questions or fears a child was victimized, to contact the police department right away.”

Police were contacted by school district administrators after the middle school’s I.T. department noticed suspicious suspicious computer activity, a release from police said.

A school investigation determined Rich was using his classroom computer to access child porn websites, the release said. The school’s web filter was working, but Rich was able to shortcut the system by bringing his own flash drive with its own web browser, permitting him to bypass the school’s browser.

Rich was arrested without incident and detectives confiscated his flash drive, where they found a video containing child pornography. Police also executed a search warrant at Rich’s Libertyville home and removed his computers.

Rich allegedly provided a written statement admitting his involvement, but denied any wrongdoing involving students while working at the school.

Greathouse said, “I am not buying that this revolting behavior just started a year ago. No one initiates such a despicable behavior at his place of employment, without a precipitating event.”

Rich of of the 100 block of Austin Street in Libertyville, is being held in the Lake County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

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