SUMMIT, NJ - In a public statement issued to parents of Summit Public School students, Superintendent of Schools Scott Hough has disclosed that a Summit Public School District employees has been arrested by the FBI on a child pornography charge. The Morris Daily Voice is reporting the individual is Steven Brooks, 34, a Fifth Grade teacher at Washington Elementary School. TAPinto Summit has contacted the FBI in an effort to corroborate this reporting, but has not heard back as of publication.
The document sent by Hough, which subsequently obtained by TAPinto Summit from a third party, states:
"It has been reported to the Board of Education that a District employee was arrested this morning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on a charge of child pornography. The incident is unrelated to the staff member’s employment with the Board. We have been advised by the FBI that incidents surrounding the allegations did not occur on school property or involve our students. We have been informed that the investigation is in preliminary stages and we have not received any information to suggest that any of the allegations have impacted any of our students. The employee was immediately placed on administrative leave. As this is a personnel matter, we are unable to, under the law, share further information.
Our District’s hiring practices are in accordance with State law and District policy. All employees undergo extensive background checks including fingerprinting before their employment. There was no criminal history present in this employee’s comprehensive background check.
The safety of your children and our students is absolutely paramount to our entire school community and we are appreciative to the FBI for immediately and proactively communicating this information to us. To the extent we are able, all school employees have been apprised of the situation.
If needed, our guidance counselors are available to all of our students and families. To the extent that we are able, we will share any new information that becomes available and known to us."
These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.