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Selma school official arrested on child pornography charges

SELMA (AP) — The newly hired chief financial officer for the Selma city school system is facing federal child pornography charges after the seizure of his home computer in Cullman.

Tim Parker, 48, was released on $5,000 bond Tuesday with conditions that include electronic monitoring and prohibit him from using the Internet or leaving Alabama, federal officials said.

Defense attorney Bill Barnett said Parker maintains his innocence.

Parker, who was hired in June by the Selma school system, was arrested Friday at his school board office.

Selma school officials said they had no way of knowing about the pending charges against Parker and said he was subjected to an extensive background check.

Jill Ellis of the U.S. attorney's office said Parker's home computer in Cullman County was seized during the time of the allegations.

The first count of the indictment is alleged to have taken place Aug. 17, 2005, in Cullman County. According to Ellis, counts two and three are alleged to have taken place in Jefferson County on Aug. 17, 2005, and May 17, 2006.

The Selma city school system's attorney, Katy Campbell, told The Selma Times-Journal that the board planned a meeting Tuesday evening to address personnel issues.

Interim Superintendent Verdell Dawson said Parker wasn't a permanent employee.

"There is a probationary period of a year," Dawson said. "Our attorney is looking at the terms of his contract to determine the options the school board has."

Campbell said state personnel would be available to assist them until they find a replacement.

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