February 11, 2014
Federal prosecutors have charged a teacher at Venable Elementary School with possession of child pornography.
According to Charlottesville City Schools, there is no evidence at this point that any Venable students were involved.
On Monday, Feb. 10, a federal search warrant was executed at the home of Corey Schock, a fourth-grade teacher at the school located in Charlottesville.
Schock is charged with two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of use of a communications system to solicit child pornography.
He was denied bond in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Tuesday afternoon.
During court proceedings, prosecutors said that Schock drove a distance to attempt to meet a minor, but the meeting did not happen. They also indicated they did not believe this was one isolated incident.
Officials say Schock was identified as a suspect after evidence was discovered by agents in Northern Virginia on Feb. 5th.
Two meetings were held at Venable on Tuesday for parents of students and former students to ask questions and discuss the situation with school leaders and law enforcement.
"I was stunned. Completely and totally stunned," said Venable parent Jennifer Slaughter.
Two of Slaughter's daughters have had Schock as a teacher.
"You could have knocked me over with a feather I was so surprised," she said.
Slaughter joined dozens of other concerned parents in the elementary school's auditorium Tuesday evening where they discussed ways to speak with their children about the situation.
"I've heard many parents express shock, and I think when we're feeling surprised like that, we just need a chance to get all the information in front of us and have a chance to process our feelings," said Beth Cheuk, community relations specialist for Charlottesville City Schools.
Cheuk said the division is doing all they can to keep parents informed.
"Within the limits set for us by police, we're trying to be as straightforward and transparent as possible," she said.
At the meeting, school leaders revealed that, aside from his fourth-grade classroom at Venable, Schock was also part of a team of teachers working with students after school for talent show rehearsals. He also worked the morning arrivals upstairs and had fourth grade playground duty.
He was placed on administrative leave without pay immediately after the school division was notified about the charges.
Schock was employed by Charlottesville City Schools from 1997-2000 and then from 2007-present. He's worked at Venable and Greenbrier Elementary School.
The investigation is ongoing.
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