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Longtime elementary teacher held on child porn charges

Thursday - 9/12/2013, 1:14pm  ET

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Police are asking the public for information about Ralph Watts Conrad III, a longtime art teacher in Loudoun County who was arrested on child pornography charges. (Courtesy Loudoun County Sheriff's office)

WASHINGTON -- A 15-year veteran of Loudoun County schools was arrested on multiple child pornography charges on Tuesday and authorities are asking the public for further information.

Ralph Watts Conrad III, 43, of Hamilton, Va., is an art teacher at Algonkian Elementary School where he is currently on administrative leave, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office says in a news release.

During his career in Loudoun County, Conrad taught in at least six elementary schools and for the past several years worked as an itinerant teacher, holding classes at the following schools:

  • Belmont Station Elementary
  • Lowe's Island Elementary
  • Frances Hazel Reid
  • Legacy Elementary
  • Mill Run Elementary
  • Creighton's Corner Elementary

Conrad was charged with one count of distribution of child pornography and two counts of possession.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office says the investigation remains open and additional charges are possible. To date, there appears to be no Loudoun County Public Schools children involved. However, investigators are asking the public to report any suspicious contact or relationships they may have noticed with Conrad.

Anyone with information is asked to call 703-777-0475.

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