|Robert Verch has been charged with furnishing porn to minors (courtesy Republic Monitor)|
A member of the Billings school board has been charged with five counts of furnishing child pornography to minors.
Prosecutors in Christian County filed the misdemeanor charges today (04-11-12) against, Robert "Rob"Verch, 43, according to chief assistant prosecutor Chris Lebeck.
According to the probable cause statement, authorities were called to Billings High School on February 7, 2012, after an adult informed them that Verch had sent him pornographic images to his cell phone. The man told investigator's that Verch had also included juvenile students in the mass message.
The images that Verch allegedly sent from his cell phone on February 6th were of bare breasted women and other pictures showing full frontal nudity.
"During questioning he (Verch) stated that he had forwarded MMS (multi media messages) that he received to groups of people that included five students at Billings High School." Four of the five students were minors, according to court records.
Verch was elected to the school board in April of 2006 and won re-election to his seat earlier this month.
Cynthia Brandt, superintendent of the Billings School District said, "There is nothing in Misouri law that constitutes removal of a board member due to misdemeanor charges being filed against someone. The school district needs to see how the charges are resolved before I can comment."
Verch is scheduled to appear in court on May 22nd.