CASD Substitute Aide Charged and Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography
STATEMENT February 4th, 2019
Chambersburg Area School District (CASD) was informed by the Chambersburg State Police that a District substitute aide was arrested late January 31, 2019 for possession of child pornography. According to Trooper Lindsey H. Trace, the aide was arrested for possessing internet based images. The aide had previously worked for the CASD from December 4, 2017 until January 7, 2019 and was recently employed through a contracted service provider. At this time, the possession is believed to be limited to internet images.
“As an education organization dedicated to serving and nurturing students, we are deeply distressed to learn of these allegations,” said Dr. Joseph Padasak, CASD Superintendent. As required by Pennsylvania law, the substitute aide was subjected to the mandated background checks and clearances. The aide’s history showed no record at the time of hire.
“We want all of the CASD family to know we work diligently to ensure the safety and well-being of all our children,” said Dr. Padasak. "We will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement as they perform the investigation. The substitute aide is no longer employed by either the District or the service provider.”