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School custodian hid child porn on his phone, deputies say

Fredric Russell Nourse faces 20 counts of child pornography possession

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A school custodian had 20 child pornography images hidden in an application on his phone, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said they received a tip that child pornography was being transmitted from an IP address at the home where Frederic Nourse, 61, lived with his wife.

The two denied being involved in any online criminal activity, the report said.

A search warrant was executed on devices owned by the couple and deputies said they found an application that allows users to password protect photos and other files.

The app was hiding 20 child pornography images, according to the affidavit.

Nourse was arrested on 20 counts of possession of child pornography. 

Officials from Marion County Public Schools said Nourse has worked within the agency as a custodian since 2003, although he did resign for less than a year from 2006 to 2007. Most recently, he was hired as a head custodian at Greenway Elementary School in April.

Nourse worked the night shift, beginning at 2 p.m., and had minimal contact with students, a spokesman said. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, officials said.