Updated 8/21/09 – The Orange County School Board tried unsuccessfully to fire Barth back in 2007 after he was accused twice in five months of inappropriately touching students including one instant of letting a middle school student sit in his lap.
Original Post – Robert Sewell Barth has been teaching 2nd graders for several years at Cheney Elementary in Orange County, Florida. In 2007 Barth was named teacher of the year at Cheney. He has taught community first aid and safety for the American Red Cross, been a Cub Scout leader and helped certify Girl Scouts. He has also taught Catholic education and been a foster parent to almost 20 children. You would think that Barth is a great member of his community all except for his little secret.
The secret? Robert Barth likes child porn. He has been on “relief of duty” status since last December because of federal charges of receiving child pornography. Federal investigators found more than 1100 photos and at least 25 videos containing child pornography on his computer. He admitted during the investigation that he purchased child porn and was addicted to it.