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TRUMBULL COUNTY Case filings increase in municipal court



Published: Wed, January 30, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



BLOOMFIELD -- A Bloomfield High School educator has resigned in the wake of accusations that several high school students saw "highly inappropriate" material on a district employee's computer screen.

School officials have declined to elaborate on any connection to reports of the material and the resignation of Chris Higgins, a 26-year high school math teacher who lives in Sharon, Pa., who also was the district's athletic director and golf coach, as well as technology director.

The Bloomfield-Mespo Board of Education accepted Higgins' immediate resignation at an emergency board meeting Tuesday.

"Somebody had something totally inappropriate in school, on a computer, and the kids saw it," said Superintendent Ken Halbert Jr.

Halbert would only say the viewing occurred during the school day Friday and was reported to the high school principal the same day.

The Trumbull County Sheriff's Department is investigating.

Chief Deputy Ernie Cook said this morning that the material was sexually explicit. Investigators are trying to determine how many students saw it and exactly what they saw. He expects the probe to be completed later this week.




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