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Wake EMS worker suspended amid child porn probe

Posted May 21, 2012

— A Wake County emergency services worker has been placed on unpaid suspension amid allegations that he traded child pornography over the Internet.

Dr. Brent Myers, medical director for the Wake County EMS System, said Monday that Scott Edward Shields, a paramedic and a field training officer was placed on an investigatory suspension pending the outcome of the criminal probe.

Search warrants allege that he traded child pornography online and bragged about sexually abusing a child to another man, Howard Underwood, in Johnston County.

Underwood pleaded guilty in April to federal charges of distribution of child pornography. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 6.

The State Bureau of Investigation has not charged Shields, 41, of 1004 White Meadows Drive in Fuquay-Varina. He could not be reached for comment Monday.

Myers said Shields is stationed at the Holly Springs Fire Department but does not work for it or the town of Holly Springs. He has been a county employee for 11 years.


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  • lisamai03 May 30, 2012

    First of all, Wake County would not waste the time of their investigators based merely and solely on the word of one person without any other means to back it up. If that were the case, any one could claim any thing they choose and it would always be looked into. Obviously, whether right or wrong, there are other elements not being made public. I mean HOW DARE THE POLICE investigate without putting all of their information on the news. Let them do their jobs and see where it ends up. As for all of you Wake County employees openly bashing the justice system of the county for which you are also employed good luck keeping your own jobs. Several employees are let go weekly county wide for the same behavior.

  • hd71 May 23, 2012

    Hoping all this gets resolved soon. Thinking of you Scott. #7934

  • ecu_rules May 22, 2012

    He does have one possible save - if somebody else uses his computer -- the search warrant would've listed who the owner of the ip address was

  • kimisufu May 22, 2012

    If he's not arrested I will be happy to eat crow. It is best served cold. However, I think it's sad that "people we know" can't possibly be guilty of horrible things. Underwood could possibly be lying, but did he randomly pick Scott's name out of the phone book?

  • mreeves6 May 22, 2012

    It disgusts me to think that WRAL, the news that I watch would air such a story like this. I know this man and what is being said and done is unbelievable. These investigators are taking a statement from a desperate nasty person who is tryng to get a break on all of his convictions. Scott Shields we believe in you and WRAL you should be ashamed! I don't know that I can watch WRAL again knowing that they report untruthful stories.

  • wenzel4g May 22, 2012

    Really? So you think that the SBI goes to an employer and gives them all the facts and details of an ongoing investigation so he can be suspended rather than arrested? And yes, as a public worker if there is ever any investigation of this nature you would be taken out of service until it is completed. Teachers, Police, Librarians, Paramedics. You can't have someone under investigation serving the public when there is a cloud over their head. I think it sounds odd that this comes out after someone "Pleads Guilty". Sounds like someone got a reduced sentence for coughing up names (perhaps out of a hat). I'm surprised he didn't give them Greg Taylor's name, because hey, he was guilty right?

  • kimisufu May 22, 2012

    They didn't pick his name out of thin air and they wouldn't have suspended him for just suspicion of it.

    Exactly, and regarding my closet, it's got a lot of shoes in it but no child porn.

  • ecu_rules May 22, 2012

    No matter how nice somebody is or how well you think you know them - you never know how they are behind closed doors. They didn't pick his name out of thin air and they wouldn't have suspended him for just suspicion of it.

  • pattip574 May 22, 2012

    We support you, Scott! The Bible teaches that NO sin is worse than another. Sin is sin, period. It also teaches not to judge. Scott has not been convicted of anything. We live in a nation where you are innocent until proven guilty, unless... Before you point fingers at Scott, look in your own closets...

  • afswim22 May 22, 2012

    @FX432 back down.