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Lynchburg Student Teacher Charged in Child Porn Investigation

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Update: 3:58 p.m.

Lynchburg, VA - A former student teacher in Lynchburg City Schools is arrested and charged with possession of child porn. 22-year-old Alexander Aldrich faces four counts of child porn possession in Lynchburg. And, that's not all. In Campbell County, two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a very small child.

The Lynchburg School System isn't saying too much at this time. But, a school spokesperson says Aldrich was never in direct supervision or assigned responsibility for an individual student.

He was a student teacher from August 21 until this past Monday at R.S. Payne Elementary. But, authorities say, there is no sign at this point in the investigation anything criminal happened within school walls or with students.

Lynchburg police and the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force started the investigation at the Vistas apartments on Timberlake Road Monday. That's where authorities say they found child porn on Aldrich's laptop.

Quickly, that investigation turned in to a second, the next in Campbell County.

 

"We contacted the Sheriff's Office out there. They're investigating that, but as I said that is non computer-related, and also was not related to any schools," said Detective Collin Byrne, Lynchburg Police Department.

Thursday evening Aldrich sits in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond as the investigation continues. His laptop's still being processed. Additional child porn charges could be coming down shortly.

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Lynchburg, VA – Officials have charged a Lynchburg student teacher with having child pornography following an investigation.

Alexander J. Aldrich, 22, from New Hampshire, was charged with four counts of child pornography possession on Tuesday.

The Lynchburg Police Department and the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began the investigation Monday after getting a tip. They found criminal activity in Aldrich's apartment in the 7600 block of Timberlake Road. Officials also say criminal activity occurred in Campbell County, and the Campbell County Sheriff's Office is investigating that activity.

The Lynchburg Police Department says Aldrich is a college student living in an apartment on Timberlake Rd. He was also a student teacher at R.S. Payne Elementary School in Lynchburg. Officials say at this point, there is no evidence that criminal activity took place in the school or involved any students.

Aldrich is being held without bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority's Lynchburg Adult Detention Center. Officials say more child porn charges will be filed against him. Aldrich has no prior arrests.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to the

Lynchburg Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 434-455-6054 or the Campbell County Sheriff's Office at 434-332-9580 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website to enter a web tip, or text "CVCS plus your message" to 274637.

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