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Marshall School Employee Arrested On Porn Charges

A longtime employee of an East Texas school district is jailed tonight on possession of child pornography charges. Marshall Independent School District officials couldn't believe it when 47-year-old Michael Speights, an 18 year employee of the district, was arrested by police on the high school campus. Police say a co-worker spotted a disturbing image on his work computer.

"He noticed that there were things on his computer that weren't right, and checked further into them and noticed they were pornographic," says Sergeant Leland Benoit of the Marshall Police Department.

Speights worked in the school's computer technology department for many years, and according to school officials, was a model employee.

"It's when people come in and they're hard working, good people, clean record, and you just never know what's going to happen," says assistant superintendent Steven Zurline.

The district is conducting its own internal investigation, but school workers don't feel any children were affected by the incident. They say the computer department is isolated and inaccessible to students.

"One of those things you hope you don't ever have to deal with.  [I] want to assure everybody that at this point in time, everything is secured from the students there was no way the students could have been involved in any of this," Zurline says.

Police are continuing their investigation, examining Speight's computer to see when the porn images were downloaded, and if anyone else may be involved.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.

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