Former Lee County school official arrested on child porn charges

A retired Lee County educator was arrested Tuesday night in a case involving child porn.

Robert Edward Widener, Jr., 60, of Ben Hur, Va., is charged with 20 counts of using a communications device to possess child pornography and 20 counts of solicitation of the production of child porn, according to the Lee County Court Clerk's Office.

Commonwealth's Attorney Fuller Cridlin said in a statement that specific details could not be released due to the ongoing investigation. He did say that the allegations are "very disturbing and serious."

Cridlin added that he plans to prosecute the charges aggressively and seek the maximum sentence in the case.

Superintendent of Lee County Public Schools Brian Austin told News 5 that Widener began his career in the system in January 1979 and retired in January 2014.

The Virginia State Police is handling the investigation.

Widener is scheduled to appear in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Thursday morning.

 

WCYB

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