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School Administrator Suspended After Child Pornography Arrest

The chief administrator of the Cambridge Montessori school has been suspended without pay following his weekend arrest on child pornography charges.

The school is already looking for a leader to replace David B. Harris for the time being, school Admissions Director Tracy Kukkonen said.

"The school will continue to operate as usual," Kukkonen said. "In no way does this affect our mission or our commitment to educating children and keeping them safe."

On Monday, Harris pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing and disseminating child pornography, and was freed after posting $2,500 bail.

School officials are reassuring parents that the charges against Harris don't involve any Cambridge Montessori students.

"We have reviewed the situation internally and are fully confident that these issues reside in David’s home in North Adams. They have not affected our own environment or community," said Webster O'Brien, the president of the school's Board of Trustees, in a statement.

Prosecutors say Harris' arrest follows a two-month investigation and additional charges could be brought.

This program aired on July 20, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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