A Richland County middle school teacher told a female coworker that someone hacked his email account and that he is not the person who sent her a child porn link, records of the still-active investigation show.
Summit Parkway Middle School teacher Sean Maly, 46, is out of jail on bond on a charge of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to court records. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
The female coworker opened the link in late May, saw the images and questioned Maly about it, according to an incident report from the Sheriff’s Department. Maly told her his account had been hacked and that she should “just delete the email.”
The woman, whose name is redacted from the report, called deputies June 2 and said she had initially reached out to Maly about seeing a video presentation that Summit Parkway students had created, the report shows.
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Instead, she got an email with a link to a Tumblr account that contained child pornography, authorities said.
Maly told his coworker the originator of the email was “not him.”
The teacher spoke with Maly at school the next day and asked him if he had spoken with the school’s IT department, deputies said. Maly said he had not.
“[H]e said he found out what happened and took care of it,” was part of Maly’s response to her, according to the report states, “and he told her to just delete the email.”
Maly, a teacher with the district since August 2013, emailed the link using his school-issued laptop, officials said. After his arrest, investigators said they would search his other electronic devices, which Sgt. Brittany Jackamonis said Tuesday is still underway.
“The search is in-depth and will take some time,” she said.
Maly was placed on administrative leave while the case is investigated, a Richland 2 school district spokeswoman said shortly after his arrest.
It’s unclear if Maly has retained an attorney.