Fort Stewart teacher arrested for child porn

Dirk Burchard was arrested for child pornography.
Parents were sent this e-mail on Thursday.
Parents were sent this e-mail on Thursday.

UPDATE:

Dirk Allen Burchard has been identified as the teacher arrested on Thursday.

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(FORT STEWART, Ga.) — A Department of Defense Education Activity teacher was arrested for four counts of child pornography by the Southeast Georgia Child Exploitation Task Force in cooperation with installation law enforcement and DODEA school officials Thursday.

Third Infantry Division and Fort Stewart leadership said they want to reassure parents, students, and neighboring communities of the installation’s safety following the arrest.

“Our children’s safety is paramount,” said Fort Stewart senior commander Brig. Gen. Jim Blackburn. “We are working closely with our law enforcement and education partners in the investigation and cooperating fully. These alleged actions in no way reflect our Army’s values.”

Teachers, parents, and students have been provided counseling upon their request, said Fort Stewart garrison commander Col. Townley Hedrick.

“Because of the disturbing nature of the alleged crimes and who committed them, we owe our school employees, students, and parents that support,” he said.

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