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Brandon school counselor facing porn charges retires

TAMPA — A Brandon High School guidance counselor who was arrested on charges of 80 counts of possessing child pornography has "retired rather than face termination," spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said.

Robert Frederick Murray, 54, who worked in the Hillsborough County school district for more than 25 years, was released from jail Friday on bail of $90,000. He was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and have no contact with children.

The School Board could have suspended him without pay at its Tuesday meeting, but he quit first. The district will forward his file to the state Education Department for possible action on his certification, Cobbe said.

Murray was arrested Nov. 10 after deputies said they found images of children age 7 to 12 on his home computer.

Tom Marshall can be reached at tmarshall@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3400.

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