Virginia Art Teacher Arrested for Child Pornography

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — After arresting a Loudoun County, Va., art teacher and charging him with distribution and possession of child pornography, police wants the public’s help with determining if there could be more victims.

Ralph Watts Conrad III, 42, has been employed by Loudoun County Public Schools for approximately 15 years, and was a teacher at Algonkian Elementary School, police say.

He also served over the past several years at Belmont Station Elementary, Lowe’s Island Elementary, Frances Hazel Reid, Legacy Elementary, Mill Run Elementary and Creighton’s Corner Elementary.

It appears that no Loudoun County public school children were involved in Conrad’s alleged crimes, but the case remains under investigation and additional charges are possible, according to investigators.

Conrad was taken into custody on September 10. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit, the NoVA/DC Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce and the Department of Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) were involved in his arrest.

Conrad is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond. He is currently on administrative leave from Loudoun County Public Schools pending the final outcome of the proceedings.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. To report any suspicious contact with Conrad, call Detective Pat Beaver at 703-777-0475.


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