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Folly Quarter Substitute Teacher Charged with Child Porn Possession

Police said they've charged a substitute teacher at Folly Quarter Middle School with possessing child pornography.

Mugshot of Jeremy Sykes. Credit: HCPD
Mugshot of Jeremy Sykes. Credit: HCPD

A long-term substitute teacher at Folly Quarter Middle School was charged with possession of child pornography, police announced Friday.

Police said Jeremy Sykes, 43, of Hesperus Drive in Columbia taught at the school since Oct. 2013. Police said they began investigating Sykes after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tipped them off that uploads of child pornography were traced to the same user on two computers in Howard County—one at Sykes' home and another to the Howard County Public School System.

There is no evidence that any of the children in the photos are Folly Quarter Middle School students, according to police.

Police arrested Sykes at his home on Thursday night and have conducted searches at his residence as well as at the middle school. The public school system removed Sykes from their list of approved substitutes and banned him from school property, according to police.

Sykes was released on his own recognizance after his arrest, said police.

Principal Rick Wilson wrote in an email to Folly Quarter parents that Sykes was working as a substitute in the school's technology education classroom. Wilson asked that anyone who may have additional information about Sykes call police.

"Rest assured that student safety remains our highest priority at Folly Quarter Middle School," wrote Wilson. "I will keep you posted as more information becomes available from the Howard County Police Department."

Joe Robinson January 10, 2014 at 08:32 PM
yeah - he doesn't look like a total psychopath...
Jen January 11, 2014 at 07:52 AM
I am offended that the short headline said "Middle School Teacher Accused in . . . ." Again, this is a Substitute not a teacher. While substitutes are often aspiring teachers, that is NOT a requirement. School take anyone who passes a background check to "babysit" a class when a teacher is absent. The headlines this week indicate that there is a problem with this system. Perhaps the schools need to re-evaluate the process used to find substitute teachers. Perhaps they should look to college students in teaching degrees. Perhaps administrators should fill in when teachers are out (I also strongly believe that ALL administrators should be teaching 1 class section). We cannot just put anyone in a classroom and expect that to be good for our kids.
Sheila January 11, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Many thanks to those working at the Center for Missing and Exploited Children!

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