WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A West Lafayette man charged with distributing child pornography has been fired by the West Lafayette Community School Corporation.
27-year-old Carl Ross Agnew was an assistant coach for West Lafayette High School's robotics team. Agnew was charged after an FBI investigation that got underway in September 2010. Police served a search warrant at Agnew's apartment in West Lafayette on Tuesday. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Agnew was sharing images depicting children engaged in sexual activity with adult men. A probable cause affidavit stated that Agnew was sending the images through a peer-to-peer file sharing program under the name of "Brighteyedboy".
The U.S. Attorney said Agnew admitted to police he collected "thousands" of images of child pornography and stored them on his computer.
West Lafayette Community School Superintendent Rocky Killion said Agnew has been fired from his coaching position. Killion said Agnew had limited contact with students in that position. He said the school corporation always does federal background checks on employees before they are hired.
The organization FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), which sponsors robotics and other engineering competitions, released a statement Thursday evening indicating that Agnew was being banned as a volunteer for FIRST pending the outcome of this case.
Agnew has been taken into custody by the U.S. Marshal Service.
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