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Police seize computers of former Cary teacher's assistant

Posted January 24, 2011 11:19 a.m. EST
Updated January 24, 2011 12:46 p.m. EST

— Police have seized the work and personal computers of a former teacher's assistant at East Cary Middle School who faces indecent liberties charges.

Mark Jay Fox, 62, of 101 Marshburg Lane in Cary, was charged last week with taking indecent liberties with a child.

According to applications for search warrants, Fox repeatedly touched an 11-year-old girl's behind at the girl's home. The girl isn't a student at East Cary Middle, police said.

Fox also took scores of pictures of the girl and kept a diary in which he commented about the photos, according to the search warrant applications.

When the girl's father confronted Fox, he handed over a flash drive with photos of the girl, the applications state. A Cary Police Department investigator who examined the flash drive said none of the photos "constitute a criminal offense."

Still, police wanted to inspect Fox's computers for any evidence of child pornography and to review his diary entries, according to the search warrant applications.

Police seized an IBM computer from the Wake County Public School System and, during a search of Fox's home, seized two computers, six flash drives and a floppy disk, search warrants state.

Fox was suspended with pay before he resigned after his arrest last Wednesday, school district spokesman Michael Evans said. He was hired in fall 2009 as a teacher's assistant at East Cary Middle.