Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Source: Child sex criminal's job was monitoring student laptops

(From Sept. 12, 2013)
When Ronny Justin Myers, an employee in the Joplin R-8 School District's technology department, was arrested February 15 while on his way to have sex with an underage girl at Northpark Mall, these were the statements issued by Superintendent C. J. Huff:

From the Joplin Globe:

Superintendent C.J. Huff said district officials were notified of Myers’ arrest just before noon Friday.

"We are disappointed that this has happened and are in shock and we're going to cooperate fully with the police department and keep families informed as this unfolds," he said. "We take it very seriously and will respond appropriately."

The school district sent out an automated message to parents informing them of the arrest about 4 p.m. Friday.

From Four States Home Page (KODE/KSNF)

Superintendent Doctor C.J. Huff says they will not take this incident lightly. "In this case, we're taking this very seriously, like we always do, and we'll proceed accordingly." 

Statement released to school employees and placed on district website:

At 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, we were contacted by the Joplin Police Department with some disturbing news. Ronny Justin Myers, an employee in our technology department at the Administration Building, was arrested on a federal warrant that stemmed from an investigation by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force. The warrant was for furnishing obscene material to a minor less than 16. The minor was not a student of Joplin schools and the arrest was made off school property. The individual remains in federal custody. The investigation is ongoing and Joplin Schools is cooperating fully with law enforcement. Thank you for your patience and support.

Not until Tuesday did parents discover that Myers had admitted to having pornographic photos of 10 Joplin students on his laptop. That information was taken from a sentencing memorandum filed in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

That information not only has stunned locals, but it becomes an even bigger concern when coupled with the information that a source close to administration has confirmed to the Turner Report that Myers' chief responsibility was monitoring student use of the laptops that each Joplin High School student is provided by the school district.

The source said that Myers was able to see what was on the screen of any of the high school laptops, whether they were on school property or if the student was at home. That would also include any photos that were taken on the computers' built-in cameras.

The district also has the ability to monitor what teachers have on the screens of their computers.

High school teachers who have talked to the Turner Report this evening said administration has never said one word to them about Myers and his admission of having pornographic photos of students.

Myers also admitted to having a video of a 17-year-old having sex, but there is no mention in the memorandum about whether that person was a Joplin student.

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