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Advance high school student arrested on child porn charges

ADVANCE, MO (KFVS) -

Advance police arrested an Advance high school student on child porn charges, Friday.

Court documents show 17-year-old Jarett Simmons faces a possession of child pornography charge.

Advance R-IV School District Superintendent Stan Seiler says the district is aware of the arrest and cooperating with the investigation.

Seiler says the incidents did not involve the school or happen on school property. Read Seiler's full statement below.

The Advance community and Advance School family are very saddened with the recent arrest of Jarrett Simmons on child pornography charges.

While these alleged incidents did not involve the school and took place off of school campus, out of school time, not at school events and not on school transportation, our hearts and support go out to the victims in this case.   Mr. Simmons detainment while on school campus was done out of convenience for law enforcement officials and the Advance School Districts willingness to cooperate with them to the fullest extent.

The Missouri Safe Schools Act is a collection of laws that govern and prescribe action in cases such as this.  The Advance School District Board of Education has full understanding of the law and will take the necessary actions to ensure a continued safe environment for our students.   Counseling services will be made available over the next few days and months to any student who feels they need it and group counseling sessions will be conducted with an increased focus on steps students can do to keep themselves safe.

We are very upset and saddened by this terrible news and are committed to assisting law enforcement officials in their ongoing investigation when needed.

Stoddard County prosecutor Russ Oliver says the investigation is ongoing.

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