After serving the Rusk Independent School District for 28 years as a certified English, Language Arts, History and Driver’s Education teacher, Harold “Bo” Scallon, Jr., 60, was indicted on charges of child pornography and distribution of child pornographic materials on March 4, 2008, a story covered by Digital Journal
According to a local news article
, the retired educator plead guilty to the charges. He currently faces up to ten years in prison for exploitation of minors, but that sentence could be enhanced due to the sadistic and masochistic
nature of the images and the children’s ages in the images being under twelve.
Assistant US Attorney Bill Baldwin did add that leniency will also be added to the ultimate sentencing guidelines due to Scallon’s cooperation with authorities in that he accepted responsibility and plead guilty. Baldwin stated that
“The distribution charge will be dismissed because of his plea agreement”
Prior to the plea agreement, Scallon faced a much longer prison sentence of up to thirty years.
In October of last year, a search warrant was carried out on Scallon’s home in Jacksonville, TX, where a computer was seized and according to the news report
The government is currently seeking the forfeiture of a laptop, two hard drives and a thumb drive.
Scallon graduated from Rusk High School in 1979, where he began teaching at Rusk Junior High and just six year later, at Rusk High School. He had been with the district for more than a quarter of a century.
Upon submitting his formal retirement letter in May 2002, he was given continued annual teaching contracts until April 2007.
The one thing that Harold “Bo” Scallon, Jr. cannot resign or retire from is the trust that he had with the countless parents and children, whom he violated. Twenty-eight years of trust shattered in a horrible moment.