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Joachim Rudolf Hees was arrested Wednesday morning after a child pornography indictment.
FBI agents arrested Hees, 45, on four counts of child pornography. The counts include receipt or distribution of material involving sexual exploitation of minors, possession of child pornography and obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children.
If found guilty, Hees faces a maximum sentence of up to 60 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for each count.
He was booked into the El Paso County Jail without bond on Wednesday morning.
This is not the first time Hees has been arrested.
In August 2010, Hees was arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana and was placed on administrative leave from his job as a computer literacy teacher at Canutillo Middle School.
Hees’ son Jonathan Lee Hees was also arrested in August 2010 on child pornography charges. He has been sentenced to two years in jail.
According to an article in the El Paso Times in August 2010, FBI agents uncovered three small bags of marijuana in the home during a child pornography investigation targeting Hees’ son. One of the bags was found in a toolbox with several pairs of young girls’ panties with dry stains, stated in a complaint affidavit by El Paso police. Joachim Rudolf Hees allegedly told an FBI agent the stains and the panties were his.
District officials said in a report last year that there were no charges of child pornography. The district’s school board decided to allow Joachim Rudolf Hees to return to work as a computer technician in the central administration offices, away from children.
District officials said Joachim Rudolf Hees did not show up for work Wednesday morning. On Thursday, FBI agents notified district officials of his whereabouts.
Damon Murphy, superintendent of the district, said that when Joachim Rudolf Hees was arrested, he was immediately placed on paid leave from August to February 2011.
During that time Hees was completely away from campuses and the district, Murphy said. There was no movement in the case, and the district Board of Trustees decided to bring Hees back, he said.
“(Hees) was a very compliant employee throughout the entire process,” Murphy said.
After the latest arrest, Hees was placed back on administrative leave. The Board of Trustees is to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday and will discuss and determine the employment status of Hees.
“Now they have formally charged him,” Murphy said. “The board is fully ready to act.”
After Hees was arrested the first time, the district took possession of his computer and searched it for anything unusual, Murphy said, but nothing was found.
FBI agents are investigating Hees’ computers again, Murphy said. He said he did not know the results of the report.
If Hees is convicted of one or more the counts, the indictment requires him to forfeit his laptop, desktop computer and all materials containing child pornography.
“We are absolutely going to act in an a stern action,” Murphy said.
Hees’ detention hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Monday.