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Police: Former Asst. Principal had no child porn on computer

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ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) -

An investigation into a middle school principal and former "Teacher of the Year" accused with multiple counts of sex crimes against children has been closed in Rock Hill, according to the Rock Hill Police Department.

Police told WBTV Monday that they have found no evidence that Darin Pearson, 32, stored child pornography on school computers or had sexual relations with students in Rock Hill.

Charges against Pearson are still pending in Charlotte, where he lives.

In early March, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department received information from the Metro Nashville Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

According to a detective in Nashville, officers started to investigate a "suspicious" homeless man who was allegedly videotaping kids at a Nashville High School. 

Officers arrested the man, later identified as 35-year-old Earl Arnold, as he was posting those images on the internet. 

That's when officers say they confiscated Arnold's cell phone and found child porn on it. He was trading the illegal porn with people through his phone.

Officials said Pearson was named during that investigation.

School officials told WBTV that Pearson, who has served as an assistant principal at Sullivan since July 2007, was placed on administrative leave before resigning from his position in late March.

He has also served as a teacher at Sullivan from August 2002 until May 2007 and was a substitute teacher prior to that time.

Pearson was named Sullivan Middle School's "Teacher of the Year" in 2007.

According to CMPD, there is currently no information that leads detectives to believe any assaults on children have occurred in Charlotte. However, criminal charges against Pearson are still pending in Charlotte.

CMPD is now working with the US Attorney's Office concerning this case.

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