(ANDERSON, Ind., February 4th, 2004, 11 a.m.) -- Lapel boys basketball coach Derek Shelton turned himself in to state police to face a charge that he viewed pornography on a school computer while students were present.
Shelton, 34, of McCordsville was released from the Madison County Jail on $5,000 bond Tuesday after he was booked on a felony charge of disseminating matter harmful to a minor.
Frankton-Lapel school district officials last week placed Shelton on indefinite suspension with pay while police investigated the allegations. Shelton, who also teaches geography at Lapel High School, has been a teacher in the district for nine years. He is in his seventh year as head coach of the Bulldogs.
A probable cause affidavit filed by state police alleged that Shelton used his classroom computer on Jan. 16 to play two pornographic video clips from a CD that a student had brought to school. About four girls -- ages 16 and 17 -- were gathered around Shelton's desk while he viewed the clips, investigators said.
Shelton's attorney, Bryan Williams, said the teacher viewed the material for only a few seconds and then turned the CD over to the assistant principal.
Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said it would have been simple for Shelton to check the contents of the disc without the girls standing by. The file titles indicated the nature of the material, he said.
"He knew what he was pulling up," Cummings said.
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