JACKMAN — A kindergarten teacher at Forest Hills School in Jackman was arrested Thursday and charged with the possession of child pornography, including images of his own students, according to Maine State Police.
Rob Mocarsky, 41, was arrested at his home in Jackman on Thursday afternoon after a team of detectives and the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit served a search warrant and found on his home computer "dozens of images of images of children, including some of his own students," according to a press release sent by the Maine Department of Public Safety.
Mocarsky was charged with the possession of sexually explicit material of a minor under the age of 12. He will appear in Somerset County Court at 1 p.m. today.
He was awarded the Milken Family Foundation National Educator award in 2005, a prestigious award that recognizes outstanding educators at a national level. He has worked at the Forest Hills School in Jackman since 2002. According to the Maine Department of Education, Mocarsky taught at Stockholm Elementary School from 1991 to 1993, Mount Desert Island Elementary School from 1993 to 1994, and Longfellow School on Cranberry Isles, which is now closed, from 1994 to 1995.
School officials and state police met with parents at Forest Hills School last night to brief them on the investigation. According to the press release, detectives will be interviewing parents and students as the investigation continues.