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Teacher cleared in porn incident

FLOYD, Va., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A Floyd County, Va., school district has cleared a teacher of any wrongdoing after students at an assembly were mistakenly showed a pornographic video.

Superintendent Terry Arbogast said in a letter sent home with parents and posted on the district Web site that pornography was downloaded "in the summer time, off school grounds, during non-school hours," and that the accused teacher, Students Against Destructive Decisions adviser Stan Hawkins, "did not have any knowledge of this occurring," the Roanoke (Va.) Times reported Monday.

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Hawkins was found not to be at fault for the incident during the Sept. 15 assembly. Students Against Drunk Driving members were supposed to have viewed a film on drunken driving but instead viewed the pornographic video "by default" when the DVD malfunctioned, Arbogast said. The video played for about five seconds.

Arbogast said Hawkins, a history teacher and assistant football coach, was suspended after the incident, but he "anticipated" the teacher would return.

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