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Student Accused of Downloading Porn on School Computer

PICKERINGTON (Lisa Rantala/Kate Liebers) -- A 14-year-old student is under investigation after he was accused of downloading child pornography on a school computer. 

Deputies said the Lakeview Junior High School eighth grader was caught when another student walked by and saw his computer screen. Law enforcement considered the incident a felony and passed it on to prosecutors. 

The school principal said the student must have bypassed the firewall, which the principal said is more restrictive than that of any household. School officials said they now know how the code was broken and has fixed the breach in security.

Deputies said the student was looking up child porn during his free time in class.

Investigators said they don't know why the student was downloading the material -- if it was out of curiosity or something else. Still, they have classified the case as an act of pandering obscenities.

The student has not been officially charged but he did face a judge for a probation violation.

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