A Torrance Unified School District middle school music teacher was arrested last week on suspicion of possessing child pornography. Eric Mitchell, who was hired by the district in 2014, was arrested as he left the Calle Mayor Middle School. Mitchell has been placed on unpaid leave.
Mitchell’s arrest is the result of a tip received from law enforcement officials in Brussels, Belgium. Following his arrest, Mitchell’s home was searched and a computer, external hard disks and other electronics were seized. The district sent letters home to parents notifying them of Mitchell’s arrest. The letter indicated that police do not believe that any of Mitchell’s students were victimized. Prior to being hired by the Torrance Unified School District, Mitchell previously worked as a substitute teacher in Long Beach. Mitchell has no prior arrest record.
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