TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - A teacher Collins-Riverside Middle School arrested Wednesday and charged with inappropriate communication with a juvenile in Northport is facing more charges in Tuscaloosa County.
Northport police say Kenneth Alan Pierce, 47, was charged with three counts of transmitting obscene material to a child and four counts of possession of child pornography on Wednesday. Pierce posted bond and was released from Northport’s custody.
On Wednesday night, Pierce was arrested by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and charged with two counts of transmitting obscene material. His new bond is set at $60,000.
Police said Wednesday that the initial arrest was made following authorities finding evidence of the crimes while Northport police were investigating an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle report filed by Pierce.
Tuscaloosa County Superintendent Dr. Walter Davie said in a press release that Pierce will not return to his position at Collins-Riverside Middle School and his contract will not be renewed for the 2019-20 school year. Officials say the latter decision was made prior to the arrest and charges due to reasons unrelated to the accusations.
Accusations against Pierce were reported to law enforcement and not school officials. Dr. Davie says in the press release there are not many details none, but administrators who worked with Pierce assured him there have never been any reports made to the school of inappropriate contact between Pierce and students.
We will provide more information when it is available.