Former teacher arrested in child pornography case
By Heather M. Smith, email@example.com
Published: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 6:26 PM CDT
A former third-grade teacher at Lakeland Elementary School was arrested Friday on child pornography charges.
The Lewisville Police Department began investigating Peter Trezise following a phone call from the police department in Stillwater, Okla., on April 24. Stillwater police said they were investigating Trezise on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child.
“The Stillwater Police Department was investigating Trezise, and during their contact with him they were led to believe he was committing a crime here,” said Capt. Jay Powell.
According to Powell, the Stillwater Police Department notified Lewisville police, who then executed the search warrant at Trezise's home. When police executed the search warrant, they confiscated two personal computers from Trezise's home. Files discovered during the search led to the warrant for his arrest.
“We are looking into some activities that occurred in our jurisdiction,” said Capt. Randy Dickerson with the Stillwater Police Department. “The investigation is a joint operation with the Lewisville Police Department and the FBI.”
Dickerson said the Stillwater investigation is ongoing.
Trezise was released from the Denton County jail Saturday on a bond of $7,500. Powell said the charges Trezise faces will be handled independently from the Oklahoma charges.
“We have no evidence to support that there were any more offenses committed in Lewisville, other than the possession of child pornography,” Powell said.
Karen Permetti, spokeswoman for Lewisville ISD, said Trezise resigned from his job on April 26 for personal reasons. Trezise was employed by the district for 11 years —all as a third-grade teacher at Lakeland Elementary. She said the district had never received complaints for inappropriate behavior during his time at the school.
“We do background checks on all potential teachers,” Permetti said. “We recently expanded the background checks to include fingerprinting on all teachers.”
Permetti said the school sent home a letter to Trezise’s class after his resignation and before the charges against him surfaced. The letter notified parents that he resigned and the district would be finding a replacement.
On Tuesday, a letter was sent to parents reiterating that the district completes background checks on all employees. The letter also states that during Trezise’s time with the district there was “no conduct that would be considered inappropriate behavior.”
“This has really shocked the school,” Permetti said. “Counselors are available to work with students or parents who want to talk about the situation.”