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Provo teacher found dead amid child porn investigation



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PROVO — A veteran teacher in Provo was found dead in Idaho of an apparent suicide over the weekend as an investigation into his possible involvement in a child pornography case heated up.

Jason Zimmerman, a popular teacher at Amelia Earhardt Elementary, was found dead in Idaho Saturday, a couple of weeks after police served a search warrant at his home.

According to a search warrant filed in 4th District Court in Provo, more than 35,000 images of child pornography were downloaded over the past year to a file-sharing ID linked to Zimmerman. The downloading occurred over a neighbor's Internet connection that was not password-protected, according to court documents.


More than 35,000 images of child pornography were downloaded over the past year to a file-sharing ID linked to Zimmerman.

Zimmerman was never arrested or charged. Provo Police Sgt. Brandon Post said the investigation into the child porn images would continue to make sure there are no other victims. If the result of the investigation still leads to Zimmerman, no charges will be filed because of his death, Post said.

"We want to do all we can to reach out to those families who have the questions and concerns so they can meet with individuals and get help," said Greg Hudnall, Associate Superintendent of the Provo School District. "We would encourage parents to talk to their children about any concerns they might have. We know this is going to take awhile."

Zimmerman had been under investigation since January and on leave since July 27. He won the prestigious Milken Award in 2006, one of the highest honors an educator can receive.

Sam Penrod

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