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Hillsborough middle school teacher’s aide arrested on child porn charges

Detectives found multiple child pornography files on the electronic devices of 23-year-old Sean Shafer, a paraprofessional at Mulrennan Middle School in Valrico.
Sean Timothy Shafer, 23, was arrested Wednesday on multiple charges of transmitting and possessing child pornography. Shafer was a paraprofessional at Mulrennan Middle School in Valrico at the time of his arrest but will not be returning to his job with the school district, a spokesperson said.
Sean Timothy Shafer, 23, was arrested Wednesday on multiple charges of transmitting and possessing child pornography. Shafer was a paraprofessional at Mulrennan Middle School in Valrico at the time of his arrest but will not be returning to his job with the school district, a spokesperson said. [ Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Jul. 15|Updated Jul. 15

VALRICO — A teacher’s aide at Mulrennan Middle School in Valrico was arrested this week after detectives found child pornography files on his electronic devices, deputies said.

Deputies on Friday arrested Sean Timothy Shafer, 23, after investigators discovered 15 child pornography files on his personal devices, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives began an investigation after receiving a tip in May and believe that Shafer obtained the images from the internet, deputies said. As of Friday, investigators do not believe that any students are victims.

Records show Shafer was booked into the Hillsborough County jail on 26 counts of in-state transmission of child pornography, 15 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of possession of obscene material. He was being held Friday in lieu of $164,750 bail. Records show he lives in Brandon.

Shafer has been with the district since 2018, according to a statement released by the school district. More details about his employment history with the district were not available because the district office was closed Friday, a spokesperson said.

“We are both shocked and disgusted by these allegations,” said the statement, adding that Shafer “will not be returning” to his job with the district.

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