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Document: NC Teacher Told Mom He Molested Her Son

10:28 AM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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Asheville, NC (ACT) -- A city elementary school teacher under investigation by police told a woman that he showed her son pornography and molested him and tried to lure two other boys online, according to a search warrant application made public Tuesday.

The woman's written statement to the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office served as the probable cause for authorities to execute a search warrant at the residence of Aaron Paul Cook, 30.

Cook was charged earlier this year with six counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, six counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.

He was suspended in January from Vance Elementary School and was being held in the Buncombe County jail in lieu of $85,000 bond. Cook is scheduled to appear in court May 31. No offenses are alleged to have happened at the school.

The Sheriff's Office started its investigation Jan. 18 following a complaint from a woman alleging Cook had sexually assaulted her child.

She told deputies in a written statement that she found videos of child pornography on Cook's laptop computer on Jan. 17.

"The female complainant stated that she discovered 4 or 5 video files depicting an unknown boy approximately 12 years of age removing his clothing and following the verbal instructions of the male offender."

Cook told the woman he made contact with at least two different boys online and posed as a 16-year-old boy and a minor female to "lure" the boys, the search warrant application states. It is unclear whether he met the boys in person. An attorney for Cook could not be reached Tuesday.

The Sheriff's Office executed the search warrant Jan. 18, searching his former residence on Asheville Springs Circle and his 2012 Hyundai Sonata. Authorities seized about two dozen items, including: two laptops, a cellphone, iPad, flash drives, adult pornography, sex toys, a hard drive, CDs and flash drives.

The Asheville Police Department also investigated Cook. City police executed a search warrant at Vance Elementary, seeking information for any child Cook had contact with in an official capacity or for extracurricular activity, as well as Cook's personnel and payroll records and information about a camp in which Cook was involved.

Cook was hired in August 2011 and recruited from Michigan.

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