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Akron school custodian suspended after child pornography charge

District says no students were involved
Miller South School
Akron Public Schools
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Posted at 1:26 PM, Feb 14, 2020

AKRON, Ohio — A night custodian for Akron Public Schools has been suspended without pay following his arrest by the FBI on a charge relating to receiving and distributing child pornography, according to a news release from the district.

The custodian, Christopher Hanna, 46, has been with the district since 2014 and was working at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, school officials said.

According to Akron Public Schools, "all indications from the FBI are the alleged activities were limited to electronic transmissions and that no Miller South students were involved."

School officials said that the allegations occurred on the employee's "personal time and not while at school or on APS computer equipment."

The district said it is working with the FBI as it continues its investigation into the matter.

"We want to reassure all of our families that we work closely with all law enforcement and to ensure the safety of our students at all times when you have entrusted us with their care," Carolyn Herstich, principal of Miller South for VPA said in a news release.

According to the FBI, Hanna was arrested Thursday afternoon and taken to the Stark County Jail.

He is scheduled to appear in federal court in Youngstown on Feb. 21.