A Fairfax County Public Schools elementary school teacher has been suspended after being charged with 10 counts of possessing child pornography.
According to FCPS spokesman John Torre, Robert C. Fenn, 26, of the 3000 block of Emerald Chase Drive in Herndon, was a special education teacher who was hired full time by the school system last summer after having been a substitute teacher since 2009.
“Mr. Fenn is currently suspended,” said Torre on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, county police and federal agents served a search warrant at Fenn’s home. Police then arrested Fenn at Poplar Tree Elementary School in Chantilly, where he was teaching.
“We arrested him at the school because that’s where he was when we were ready to charge him,” said Fairfax County Police spokesman Eddy Azcarate. “We did not confiscate anything from the school and there is no evidence that any children were involved.”
According to Azcarate, Fenn’s arrest concluded a week-long joint investigation with members of the Fairfax County Police Department Child Exploitation Unit and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents.
“We initiated the investigation after our cybercrime center received a tip,” said ICE spokeswoman Dani Bennett on Wednesday. “Child exploitation and child pornography is an area in which ICE prosecutes because the Internet is considered to be without borders and images can be seen by anyone around the world.”
No attorney information for Fenn has yet been made available. Fairfax County court records state that he is scheduled for an attorney review on July 10 and a preliminary hearing in Fairfax County District Court on July 31.