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PAMS Teacher Arrested On Child Porn Charges

The Phoenixville Area School District reports that a Phoenixville Area Middle School teacher has been arrested on possession of child pornography charges.

The district released the following statement to the media on Monday:

"Following a phone call from his family, Phoenixville Area School District has learned through published media reports of the arrest of Phoenixville Area Middle School teacher Kenneth Hamilton, Jr. on charges of possession of child pornography.
At this time, the District has not received any official notification from authorities regarding those charges."
The District will, of course, cooperate fully with any investigation into these allegations, if requested to do so."
According to the district, Hamilton was hired by the District in 2002. He teaches Special Education and Math in grades 6-8.

A letter with the same wording as the statement released to the news media was sent to parents on Monday.

Patch will update the story as new details become available.

nipnnatter December 02, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Un real.. the second incident in that district regarding child Porn.. so really just how safe are mychildren. . I am furious!
Sally Starz December 02, 2013 at 04:07 PM
you can brag about test scores, you can boast about stealing the neighbors land, but you need to watch the tv show and see how you pompous you board members are.... wasting time not looking into what is going on in these schools. Child porn? Please... do some investigative work for once. Its time for the super to go. Plain and simple. Paterno was shown the door for Sandusky and now it time for the Delaware Destroyer to leave.
Fafa December 02, 2013 at 05:21 PM
nipnatter: just for the record the first incident/teacher/criminal you speak of didn't happen in Phoenixville.
Abby December 02, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Oh, he only molested people in other school districts, before and after he worked at Phoenixville SD, so it's all good. Um, no. Phoenixville needs to clean house on that board, and hire someone who knows how to do a background check. This guy was a special ed teacher, dealing one on one with kids who might not have the best ability to relate what is going on. Wonder how much money they paid this guy a year to download kiddie porn and blemish the entire district?? Like really, would you buy a house in this district knowing this??? NO! This guy just brought down property values, residents illusion of personal security, and all trust in the powers that be who make decisions for the district. The school better comment SOON, and get it right, or this town will lose even more residents.
Fafa December 02, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Umm, Abby, there are pedophiles in every town. But I guess in peoples minds what they don't know can't hurt them.
MPorchik December 02, 2013 at 07:46 PM
I think nipnatter, Abby, and anyone else who has children attending a Phoenixville school has every right to be upset, and mad about this. Having said that, I don't know what the school can do to identify these individuals. A background check isn't going to identify someone who is a threat if they have never been accused before. The sad truth is pedophiles are going to be drawn to jobs that get them close contact with children be it as a teacher, coach, priest, etc...
harryfinster December 02, 2013 at 08:36 PM
its amazing how totally bad phoenixville school district is managed ,when are you going to learn the low standards of phoenixville attracts low life that cant get jobs eslewhere ,when i went to that school you had to be very careful of being too near some of the phoenixville personnel ,notice how people defend your low standards ,what does a teacher have to do to get fired there ? bruises on students arnt enough ?
M December 02, 2013 at 09:56 PM
I am a parent of a Special ed child at PAMS whose child has the suspect. I am beyond upset!!! I try day in and day out to make sure my kids are safe. Then go hear of this today is incredibly difficult. Just think how difficult it is for us parents to explain this to a Special Ed child. The district left it up to the parents go tell kids which in my case is increasingly more difficult since my child is Special Ed. Praying justice is done.
Wendy December 02, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Internal investigation.....
harryfinster December 02, 2013 at 10:12 PM
who will investigate the local superintendent who has been lax in the first place ? you should have an outside child porn vetting before you hire ,also have them check some of the people already in place
Su Gould December 03, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Abby, I do not know of anyone that molested children in this school district. I think you are confusing what the charges are at this point (for both recent cases). I am a parent of PASD and I am certainly mad and thoroughly disgusted by all of this, but I have said it before and I will say it again, this is not a Phoenixville problem, this is a problem of our whole society. I would certainly like to be privy to how an organization can know their employee or volunteer has done anything of this nature unless they are doing it at work. Background checks is all there is - does this show there is a flaw, why yes it does. As someone who volunteers at the school I have to get clearances which include a check on the data base that lists convicted pedophiles - is there more they can do to vet me? Be mad, but be mad at the system or at our society that seems to be producing people with sick and damaging actions.
Jane December 04, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Background check teachers and schoolboard!! Criminals!! Looks are deceiving!!

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