Spartanburg District teacher arrested on child pornography charges www.privateofficer.com
Spartanburg SC Feb 29 2012 A Woodruff Middle School teacher has resigned following his arrest on child pornography charges. Mark Anthony Soza, once listed as a math learning lab teacher on the school’s website, was arrested by federal agents Monday according to court documents.
Arrest warrants show agents found Soza had files of child pornography on his personal home computer.
Parents call Soza a popular teacher at the school. “I have two children who there, and both had him this year,” says Katina Davis. “I trust my children when I let them out of my sight. I trust they’re in the best hands at school.”
Spartanburg District Four Superintendent Dr. Rallie Liston issued this written statement:
“Last Thursday, FEB 23 in the afternoon, the district was notified by the federal Department of Homeland Security of an investigation involving one of our employees.
Friday, FEB 24 in the morning, the district accepted the resignation of the employee under investigation.
The district has no information that this situation involves any district students or any other staff members.
The investigation is ongoing and the district is cooperating fully with federal authorities. We have been directed to refrain from any further comment by federal agents.”
Liston tells Seven on your Side the district has checked all school computers, and found nothing suspicious.
“I just can’t imagine that something like this would go on,” says parent Robin Barnes. “I pray that none of our kids are involved.”
Soza was a teacher with the district for nearly a dozen years. He’s in federal custody on no bond.