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South Butler teacher indicted on charge of possession of child pornography

| Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, 12:02 a.m.

A South Butler School District teacher has been indicted on a charge of possession of child pornography, the U.S. District Attorney for the Western District recently announced.

Jason B. Nolan, 35, of Hampton Township is accused of possessing pictures that showed minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the federal prosecutor's office.

Neither Nolan nor his attorney, with the federal public defender's office, could be reached for comment Saturday.

A statement from the district, issued by South Butler School District spokesman Jason Davidek, noted that district officials were made aware of a law enforcement investigation of a district staff member in November.

“Investigators have provided no evidence to the district to indicate that charges were connected to South Butler County students,” according to the district's statement. “The district will continue to work with investigators to maintain a safe educational environment for students and staff.”

The district cooperated fully and “took the necessary personnel actions in accordance with school policy,” after being notified of the allegations, according to the statement.

The district's website lists a Jason Nolan as a seventh-grade social studies teacher. That teacher serves as Student Council adviser, according to his school voice mail recording.

Davidek referred all other questions to Michael Hnath, with the district's solicitor's office. He could not be reached for comment.

If Nolan is convicted, he could receive a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Nolan is free on $50,000 unsecured bond, according to court records. A federal court judge ordered him not to have unsupervised contact with minors and he is not permitted to use a computer or the Internet.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or jweigand@tribweb.com.

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