December 21, 2014

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Former Sheffield-Sheffield Lake substitute teacher facing porn charges

A former Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools substitute teacher is accused of possessing and distributing online child pornography.

William Emery was indicted on a charge of receiving, distributing and possessing online child pornography, according to court documents and a Feb. 13 news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Ohio. The release said Emery was from Sheffield, but didn’t list an address.

The 28-year-old Emery is accused of distributing computer files of children engaged in “sexually explicit conduct” between Aug. 16 and Aug. 19, 2012, according to the news release. He is also accused of having a computer and external hard drive with child porn on it on Dec. 14, 2012.

Emery is the son of Board of Education President William Emery, said Superintendent Michael Cook. The elder Emery didn’t return calls Wednesday night.

The younger Emery substituted during the 2010-11 school year. Cook said he substituted at Sheffield Middle School, but was unsure whether he substituted at other Sheffield schools.

Cook said Emery had a valid substitute teacher’s license and underwent a criminal background check which is required by Ohio law. A job interview with Emery was conducted by Bob Shaffer, a Brookside High School assistant principal and former Wellington Schools superintendent. Shaffer interviews all substitute candidates.

Cook said Emery was class valedictorian at Brookside, but was unsure what year he graduated. Cook said there were no complaints about Emery as a substitute and he left to pursue full-time work outside teaching.

Cook said he learned of the indictment Wednesday and hadn’t spoken with the elder Emery about it. He said it was too early to say if the indictment would lead to changes in the way Sheffield hires substitutes.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.