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Iowa youth theater, school worker charged in child porn case

March 26, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Des Moines Public Schools employee and youth theater director has been charged with five felony child sexual exploitation counts.

The Des Moines Register reports that 49-year-old Thatcher Lane Williams was charged after police found multiple files of apparent child pornography on his Tumblr account on his home computer earlier this year. Police say in court records that Williams told investigators no one else had access to the Tumblr account.

Williams had been the office manager at Monroe Elementary before resigning Monday when he learned charges would be filed. He had been placed on leave when police began their investigation in January.

Williams has also worked with Class Act Productions, a children’s theater group in Altoona, as a director.

Williams was being held Monday on a $50,000 bond. His next court appearance is set for April 5.

A phone message left for Williams on Tuesday was not immediately returned.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com