NEWPORT, PA – A substitute teacher who works at Juniata High School and Newport High School, and is the assistant manager for the Juniata High School Track team has been arrested and charged for taking photos of students and children in pornographic imagery at a party he hosted. At that party, he also server the minors alcohol.
Peyton Harris, of Mifflintown, was arrested and charged with possession and dissemination of child pornography.
“Mr. Harris was trusted to take care of and empower minors, and instead he exploited them,” said AG Shapiro. “These charges are very disturbing. My office has a zero-tolerance policy for abuse of children, and will prosecute the defendant to the fullest extent of the law.”
The investigation found that Harris hosted a party at his home where he furnished alcohol to minors using a false identification card. The complaint alleges that during the party, Harris captured photographs and videos of minors engaged in sexual activity without their knowledge or consent, and shared them with other individuals on social media.
Due to his regular contact with minors through his employment, any individual with any information regarding this case or any other incidents related to Harris are encouraged to contact Trooper Micheal Short, Pennsylvania State Police — Lewistown, at 717-320-1010.