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first_imgReporting by WVUA 23 Reporter Chelsea BartonA former Tuscaloosa County eighth-grade science teacher now faces over a half dozen charges including possession of child pornography.Kenneth Pierce, 47, a former teacher at Collins-Riverside Middle School is charged with four counts of child pornography possession and three counts of transmitting obscene material to a child. Pierce actually went to police to file a report on a separate incident earlier this month, which is when he got himself into a whole lot of trouble.“He filed a report for unauthorized use of a vehicle he owned and during that investigation, evidence was found that gave us probable cause to arrest Pierce on the seven counts,” Assistant Chief Keith Carpenter of the Northport Police Department said.Police said as of now there is one victim under the age of 17 who was not one of Pierce’s students or a resident of Tuscaloosa County. Regardless, Collins-Riverside parents and students are disgusted by the entire situation.“You know, I would like to say I was surprised, but I always thought there was something off about him,” Krista Chambless said. “He was not an impressive person when I met him at open house.”Tuscaloosa County School System Walter Davie released a statement saying that even before Pierce’s arrest, he was not asked back for next school year.CHILD PORN ARREST-a now former Collins-Riverside Middle School teacher has been arrested on felony child pornography charges. Kenneth Pierce’s mugshot is attached. He has posted his $150k bond. A statement from @tcss_schools superintendent Dr. Walter Davie is below. pic.twitter.com/u6h6CnP4Hr— Chelsea Barton (@ChelseaBarton_) May 22, 2019“I wasn’t surprised at all,” Emma Chambless, Krista Chambless’s daughter, said. “It’s not like I expected it, but he would always talk to us about his 27-year-old girlfriends. And we were like, ‘What is wrong with you? Like, no, I’m sorry, we do not want to hear about that.’ ”Emma Chambless was in Pierce’s class this year. She said she’s happy to hear he won’t be returning to Collins -Riverside.“I honestly didn’t think he needed to come back from an education standpoint, but now definitely not,” Krista Chambless said. “Someone with issues like this does not need to be around children.”The family said they’re frustrated they even have to be concerned with a situation like this, but want to encourage everyone to have discussions about predators and proper behavior at home because they do exist and can be closer than one may think.“It’s horrifying, actually,” Krista Chambless said. “Just that they exist period, much less in schools. Just that they exist in the world is horrifying. But, there is evil everywhere.”Pierce posted his $150,000 bond last night, but he is back in jail on two more counts of transmitting obscene material to a child and one count of promoting prostitution. His new bond is $66,000.BREAKING: Former Collins Riverside Middle School teacher Kenneth Pierce is back in jail facing more charges- two more counts of Transmitting Obscene Material to a Child and one count of Promoting Prostitution. His new bond is listed at $66,000. Here’s his latest mugshot. @wvua23 pic.twitter.com/qeu5rdbFY2— Chelsea Barton (@ChelseaBarton_) May 23, 2019last_img read more