- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) - A West Jordan middle school teacher has been arrested for allegedly downloading child pornography.

KSL-TV in Salt Lake City reports (http://bit.ly/1HkXs8u) that 31-year-old Jeffrey Thomas Patterson was taken into custody Thursday for two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

A Salt Lake County Jail report says Patterson, a science teacher at West Hills Middle School, admitted to “having sexual thoughts” about 50 of his seventh-grade students.

Investigators with the Utah Attorney General’s Office say Patterson has been under investigation since May.

They say he is accused of uploading at least 20 child porn videos onto a hard drive.

The Attorney General’s Office is requesting Patterson be held on $500,000 bond.

The school district has suspended him and he is not allowed at school events or on any school properties.

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Information from: KSL-TV, http://www.ksl.com/

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