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Former Sampson teacher pleads guilty to child porn charges

Posted June 5, 2012

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— A former Sampson County middle school teacher admitted Monday that he distributed pornographic images of young boys.

Paul Stephen Pearsall, 31, of the 11000 block of Ludhorne Drive in Roseboro, plead guilty to a federal charge of distribution of child pornography. He faces a potential prison sentence up to 20 years.

Prosecutors said that authorities identified Pearsall as the person who offered multiple times to share child pornography. A search found hundreds of child porn images and video on his computer, prosecutors said.

On the day of his arrest, Pearsall resigned as an eighth-grade science teacher at Hobbton Middle School in Newton Grove, where he had worked since February 2008.

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  • mgallen2 Jun 5, 2012

    @djofraleigh Common sense tells us that the images are of boys no older than 17 years old as one is considered an 'adult' at age 18. This being the case, the age of victims is pretty irrelevant. It's a disgusting crime regardless of the age of the children. Secondly...this isn't the N&O site.

  • kyrain1974 Jun 5, 2012

    Considering he was an 8th grade science teacher it was probably middle school age children.

    This is Sad!!!!!!!!

  • djofraleigh Jun 5, 2012

    What does "young" mean? Is that 18yos or 12 yos? I wish the N&O would not assume we know what they mean by young. Everyone is young to me.

  • anneonymousone Jun 5, 2012

    Vile, vile, vile. As a teacher, I find crimes like these especially horrid when they include teachers, parents, guardians, clergy, medical practitioners or other people whose jobs imply that they should be trustworthy. We take an unwritten vow to protect kids---ALL kids---and this man's plea proves he has not done so.

    I hope that the investigation leads back to the children in the images somehow, so that they can get the counseling and care they need.

    I believe that rehabilitation is possible for criminals, but I have serious doubts about those whose crimes are sexualized somehow, whether the victims are nearby or at a distance. For his sake and for others', I hope he can change while he's in prison.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jun 5, 2012

    gag

  • rrrrick25 Jun 5, 2012

    it makes me sick that there are people like this.... and an 8th grade teacher to boot... this man will have a special place in the pit of hell when the time comes. I hope none of the boys he was supposed to mentor got caught in his sick, twisted, deranged, state of mind.

  • dirkdiggler Jun 5, 2012

    Do these animals not even care that regardless of whether or not they actually produced the images, there are still victims involved? you look at child porn, you are looking at a victim! what is wrong with these monsters?

  • connieleigh4 Jun 5, 2012

    disgusting individual!

  • OneLove Jun 5, 2012

    Ok. How many closet pervs are really running around? It scares me to really know the answer.