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Mississippi County Assistant Principal Arrested for Child Porn

Roger Dale Brooks (NLR Police/KAIT) Roger Dale Brooks (NLR Police/KAIT)

August 21, 2003 - Posted at: 1:45 p.m. CDT
Updated at: 10:00 p.m. CDT

WILSON, Ark. -- Residents in Wilson are shocked to learn an assistant principal in the South Mississippi County School District has been arrested for soliciting sex on the Internet from someone he thought was a minor.

Roger Dale Brooks, 52, an assistant principal at Rivercrest Junior High School, was arrested in Wilson Wednesday morning on one felony count of Computer Child Pornography resulting from a two-month investigation.

He was taken into custody at the South Mississippi County School District offices. A short time later, Mississippi County Sheriff's Deputies confiscated Brooks' computer from his home.

"This was a case where the investigators acted very quickly when they found out the predator in this case was a school administrator, and didn't wait for maybe some other elements that would normally happen," said Sergeant Jim Scott, Public Information Officer at the North Little Rock Police Department.

Brooks had been corresponding with a North Little Rock Police Department officer posing as a minor. After his arrest, he was transported to the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility. A judge presiding over his initial court appearance raised his bond from $5,000 to $10,000. Roger Dale Brooks paid bond, and remains at home under the watch of an electronic monitoring system.

Travis Hood, a neighbor, said, "I went over there when he come home a while ago, and I asked him, I said, any way I can help ya? I says, I'm trying to be a good neighbor. He says, I can't talk about it."

K-8's Kathy Morris knocked on Brooks' door to talk with him about the charge against him. He was at home, but did not answer. Other residents Morris spoke with wouldn't comment about the accusation on camera either. Off-camera, they said Brooks is the last person they thought would be accused of such a crime.

South Mississippi County School District superintendent Roger Ford would not comment on the case.

According to North Little Rock law enforcement, the Internet investigation is continuing and could result in additional charges. This the 21st time in 3 years someone has been arrested because of cyber work done by members of the Special Investigations Unit.

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