CMS teacher charged with viewing, possessing child pornography

A CMS elementary school teacher is on administrative leave while police investigate accusations that he viewed child pornography.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested a music teacher at Oakdale Elementary School after they say he admitted to viewing child pornography.

Benjamin McMiller, 32, is charged with four counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, McMiller was hired in August of 2015. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, CMS said Thursday. 

"Due to his job status and his authority over children, we feel we need to bring it to the attention of the community," said CMPD Lt. Tom Barry. "We have no information that suggests that there was any physical contact between Mr. McMiller and children."

Investigators say that on October 20, officers received a tip that someone was watching child pornography in Charlotte. Detectives immediately launched an investigation in conjunction with the SBI and determined the account belonged to McMiller. Detectives say they then went to McMiller’s home and seized evidence pertinent to the case.

Police say that McMiller voluntarily came to police headquarters on Wednesday and interviewed with detectives. During that interview, detectives say he confessed to streaming the videos and was arrested.

Biana Lockhart, mother of a third-grader at Oakdale Elementary immediately recognized McMiller's name.  

My heart dropped. Definitely, just shocked. Just really shocked," she declared.

Lockhart says McMiller is her son's music teacher. She says she doesn't know how she will explain to him that is music teacher will not be in the classroom in Oakdale.

"I don't know yet, I don't know. It's scary because you want to come to your teachers and trust your teacher, so I'm going to have to think about that,' Lockhart explained.

McMiller is currently in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. 

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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