Published On: Fri, Oct 16th, 2015

Fort Stewart teacher arrested for child pornography

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dirk-hinesville-teacherFORT STEWART – A Fort Stewart teacher has been arrested for child pornography according to a notice sent out to parents and employees by school officials Thursday.

Murray Elementary School third-grade teacher Dirk Burchard was arrested arrested Thursday  on allegations of child pornography by the Southeast Georgia Child Exploitation Task Force in cooperation with Fort Stewart law enforcement and Department of Defense school officials.

Another Hinesville resident, 30-year-old Samuel Oh, described as military personnel,  was one of 18 people arrested for possession, production, or distribution of images of child pornography last week.

The three-month sting netted 232 digital devices seized as evidence, 18 arrests, 24 search warrants were executed in 16 counties.

The three-month sting netted 232 digital devices seized as evidence and 18 arrests, as 24 search warrants were executed in 16 counties.

Superintendent Samantha Ingram said the Fort Stewart system is not aware of any misconduct involving elementary and secondary school students but parents may be contacted personally beginning Friday if more information is required.

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