The Orange County Sheriff’s Office seized multiple computers and other electronic devices last week after serving a search warrant on Stefan Winfried Anders — a fifth grade teacher at New Hope Elementary School in Hillsborough — in connection with a possible child pornography case.
Following a cyber tip sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in February, the center forwarded the information to the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, according to a press release on Thursday from the sheriff's office. The bureau then worked to determine the subscriber information and location.
As jurisdiction was established, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program at the sheriff’s office began investigating the situation.
Anders has been at New Hope Elementary since September 2016 and previously taught language arts at Alamance-Burlington Schools and Harnett County Schools, according to his LinkedIn account. The North Carolina State Board of Education Code of Conduct states that any ethical breach could result in license or revocation.
Anders has not been charged at this time.