- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota high school principal was charged Thursday with seven counts of possessing child pornography.

Timothy Dorway, 44, of Victoria, was the principal of Chanhassen High School and was put on paid leave while the school district investigates. Bail was set at $100,000 at his initial court appearance, and he was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with his children or other minors. His next court date was set for Dec. 23.

“We will trust the process and examine the evidence as it becomes available,” Dorway’s attorney, John Conard, said in an email to The Associated Press.

Brett Johnson, spokesman for the Eastern Carver County School District, said no students from the district were involved. Johnson said Dorway has been the principal at Chanhassen High School since 2010 and was hired after a he cleared a background check.

Prosecutor Angella Erickson alleged during the bail hearing that Dorway had been looking at child pornography for 10 years, the Star Tribune reported.

Conard told the court that Dorway’s family told police that he hadn’t had inappropriate contact with children and that they didn’t want him prevented from seeing his children, who were teenagers when their parents divorced in 2014, the newspaper reported.

According to a criminal complaint, authorities received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that someone had uploaded images of potential child pornography to a Dropbox account, and an investigator found that the account was accessed numerous times from IP addresses registered to Dorway and the school district.

Investigators searched Dorway’s home and the school on Tuesday. The complaint states that he admitted to investigators that he viewed child porn and that he was primarily interested in images of girls ranging from 11 to 13 years old.

Johnson said when the school learned of Dorway’s arrest, staff, students and parents in the district were notified.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that authorities say a district IP address was used to access the Dropbox account. An earlier version of the story erroneously reported that a district computer had been used to access it.

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