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Florida Principal Arrested in Child Pornography Sting

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Ricky Delano Sheppard, 59, of Melbourne, Florida and principal at Spessard Holland Elementary School in Satellite Beach, Florida, has been arrested as part of a sting centering on child pornography.  Police refused to say what they found when they searched his house, other than to say it was substantial.  People are questioning why he was ever in a position to interact with young children.  In 1999, he lavished gifts on a 6 year old boy and even asked the boy if he wanted to come live with him.  He was reprimanded but continued to thrive working at the  Brevard Public Schools system.

“Sheppard’s arrest was the result of a child pornography investigation which led to a federal search warrant being executed at his residence,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, adding  “significant evidence was found at his home.”

From The Mail Online:

BPS Superintendent Desmond Blackburn, who said Sheppard was relieved of his duties on Friday and he will seek to have him permanently fired, said, ‘Obviously words can’t adequately express how saddened and disgusted I am by what the Sheriff just shared with you.’

Sheppard thanked Blackburn earlier in the year in a videotaped speech at the announcement of his promotion. ‘Holland community that has welcomed me with open arms and warmth since I arrived on July 1st, and help me confirm that I am right where I need to be,’ he said at the time.

‘I’m sickened by it. I look at this case and I find it hard to understand how anybody could be this demented,’ added one of the investigators, Sheriff Wayne Ivey.

Anyone with additional information about this investigation is asked to please call the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Services at 321-633-8499, or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477), you can also visit http://crimeline.org/, or text ‘crimeline’ plus your tip to CRIME (274637). All information to CRIMELINE is confidential and you may be eligible for a reward.

 

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