Gary Delaney Phillips, 54, a sixth grade teacher at Clear View Elementary School in Chula Vista, was arrested last Friday morning on suspicion of possessing child sexual abuse images, according to FBI records.
According to authorities, emails by Phillips expressing his sexual interest in children and indicating that he owned child pornography were discovered by an FBI agent conducting child pornography investigations.
Upon conducting a search warrant at his home, investigators seized images depicting children engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
According to school district spokesman, Phillips has taught in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for more than 20 years on at least three campuses and has been placed on paid administrative leave.
â€œWe have been informed that the charges he is facing relate to conduct outside the workplace,â€ said Millican. â€œWe have no reports of anything remotely like this at any point during his tenure in CVESD.â€