A teacher at the South Butler School District has been indicted on a charge of child pornography possession.
The United States Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh confirmed Wednesday that court paperwork identifies 35-year-old Jason B. Nolan as a middle school teacher in the South Butler County School District.
Nolan, a resident of Gibsonia, Allegheny County, was indicted Dec. 19 by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on one count of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to the indictment, in the fall of 2012 Nolan, on two computers, possessed photographs depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
An indictment is an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Attempts to contact Nolan for this report were not successful. Butler Eagle records indicate he has been a teacher at the district since at least 2005.
The district’s website, as of Wednesday, listed a Jason Nolan as a seventh grade social studies teacher.
Parents who contacted the newspaper said Nolan also had been a liaison for the school’s student council. However, their children told them that he has not been in the school for weeks.
When questioned about Nolan, district spokesman Jason Davidek issued this written statement: “In November, South Butler County School District officials were made aware of a law enforcement investigation regarding a district staff member. At that time, the district cooperated fully with the investigation and took the necessary personnel actions in accordance with school policy.
“We were recently made aware that charges in the case have been filed. Investigators have provided no evidence to the district to indicate that the charges were connected to South Butler County students. The district will continue to work with investigators to maintain a safe educational environment for students and staff.
“Since this is now a legal matter, all further inquiries should be directed to Michael Hnath of the district solicitor’s office.”
Hnath when contacted said he would not comment beyond the news release.
If convicted, Nolan could face as much as 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence would be based on the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.