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UPDATE: Escambia County Teacher charged with federal child pornography

ESCAMBIA COUNTY  --  An Escambia High School teacher is accused of downloading and sharing child pornography.
63-year Jeffrey Richards was arrested and charged on federal child pornography charges.
He only taught at the high school for a few months.
But had been a teacher at Milton High School for many years.
Some of his former student swere stunned to hear about Richards' arrest..

Jeffrey Richards taught many courses here at Milton High School for around 20-years..
 Many in the community were surprised to hear what the US Attorney's Office says they discovered in a year long investigation.

The FBI says during a yearlong investigation Jeffrey Richards used software to share hundreds of images of child pornography online.
A long time teacher at Milton High School ,many were in disbelief when they heard of what he was being accused of doing.

Ashley Sasser  "He seemed like a nice teacher he didn't seem like he would be charged with what he's being charged with."

Megan Lassiter  "It doesn't matter how good of a teacher you are you can't mess with our children. They are the future you don't need to ruin it."

Richards was just hired a few months ago at Escambia High School SuperIntendent Malcolm Thomas says he had solid references and background checks were performed.

Thomas says to the districts knowledge no students at Escambia High Schools images were found.

Bobbie Shirah  "There is a difference between being a good teacher and having bad things that you do."

Thomas says to the districts knowledge - no images of students at Escambia High Schools were found.

Richards  has been removed from his post at the school and the status of his job will be determined at a future board meeting either later this month or January.
Until that time he will not be allowed on school property.