Central Florida high school football coach had child porn on thumb drive, cops say

Deputies say student found coach's thumb drive with child porn, pics of students on it

Published On: May 09 2013 03:28:09 PM EDT
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POLK COUNTY, Fla. -

A Polk County high school teacher and assistant football coach has been arrested on child pornography charges after a student found a thumb drive with inappropriate pictures on it, according to Polk County deputies.

41-year-old James Shannon Arnett, a Lake Gibson High School teacher and assistant football coach, was booked into the Polk County jail on Wednesday nigh after the student found the device in the courtyard and turned it in to a school resource deputy.

Arnett had previously told the school resource deputy that he had lost the thumb drive and was worried because the device contained defensive football plays, according to the report.

On the device, in addition to images of defensive football plays, there were pictures of 13 to 17 year-old girls' private areas. They were wearing clothes and some have been identified as Lake Gibson High School students, deputies said.

Some of the pictures were taken in a classroom setting and others in the track and field setting, according to the report.

There were also two images of children between 9 and 12 years old in a graphic nature, determined to be child pornography. 

Arnett’s work computer, home computer and personal phone were confiscated as part of the ongoing investigation. He has been charged with two counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

It's not clear if Arnett has been fired from his position with Polk County schools.