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Music teacher at elementary school charged with child porn

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A music teacher at an elementary school in Charlotte has confessed to watching child pornography after police began an investigation last month, investigators say.

According to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police, 32-year-old Benjamin McMiller was arrested Wednesday. He was charged with four counts of 3rd degree sexual exploitation of a minor, and one count of 2nd degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

The investigation began on October 20, when detectives with the Special Victims Division received an online tip that an person was viewing child pornography in Charlotte.

Detectives determined the online account belonged to McMiller, a music teacher at Oakdale Elementary School. Detectives reportedly went to McMiller’s residence and seized evidence.

CMPD Lieutenant Tom Barry told reporters McMiller is cooperating with investigators.

"Mr. McMiller was very forthcoming in his information that led us to those charges," Barry said. "We have no information to suggest that there was physical contact between Mr. McMiller and children."

McMiller voluntarily came to police headquarters Wednesday where he was interviewed by detectives, police said. During the interview, he confessed to streaming the videos and was arrested.

Regarding the arrest, school superintendent Ann Clark said, "It's incredibly disappointing whether its a CMS employee or not. Any adult that's putting our kids in harm's way potentially is a concern."

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, McMiller has been an employee of the district since August 2015. He is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

If anyone has information concerning child sexual exploitation, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers or visit http://www.missingkids.com/home

Detectives are asking anyone with additional information concerning this case or the suspect to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. 

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