BCA Investigators File Search Warrant for Edina Teacher's Electronic Devices

October 03, 2017 10:55 PM

Authorities want to search home and work computers and other electronic devices belonging to a social studies teacher at Edina High School they suspect of accessing child pornography.

A search warrant application was filed Tuesday in Hennepin County by a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Predatory Crimes Section investigator. In that application, it is alleged that 49-year-old Joel David Nasset admitted "to possessing and distributing child pornographic images and videos through Chatstep and other Chat programs for several years."

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Chatstep is described as an "anonymous chat room service that does not have any form of user registration."

A statement from the Edina school district said Nasset has been placed on administrative leave and will not be teaching any classes or attending school functions during that time. 

He has also been involved with coaching girls basketball at the school.

"Any action related to Mr. Nasset's status as a district employee will be determined after the District has conducted its investigation," the statement read in part.

"We understand that any such news about a school district employee is unsettling," read the statement. "We take all allegations against our staff seriously and remain committed to providing (a) safe, enriching learning environment for all students."

The statement said a substitute teacher, who has worked at the high school the "past couple of years," is already in place.

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