Child porn charges filed against Tenino grade school teacher

TENINO, Wash. - A fourth-grade teacher at a Tenino school has been arrested and charged with receipt and possession of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office disclosed Thursday.

James Donald Mobley, 46, was arrested Wednesday following an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Tenino Police Department.

In addition to his teaching job at Tenino Elementary School, Mobley also has been active as a volunteer in Boy Scouts and as a private tutor, said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.

According to court records filed in the case, the Postal Inspection Service has been investigating an international company that distributed child pornography through the mails and via download to personal computers. In May 2011, foreign law enforcement executed a search of the business and seized hundreds of child pornography DVDs and business records.

An analysis of those records found that Mobley had purchased suspected child pornography from the company several times between February 2009 and January 2011, according to records filed in U.S. District Court. Authorities seized a computer hard drive and additional DVDs of child pornography during a search of Mobley's home, court records show.

Mobley is now jailed at the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac pending a detention hearing set for Jan. 22.

Parents who are concerned about contact their children may have had with Mobley are asked to call Tenino police at 360-264-2626, Durkan said.