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Police holding open meeting for parents regarding death of Charles Ellis teacher

Robert Anderson, 26, was found dead in his home by police trying to serve a warrant for child pornography. (Source: Facebook) Robert Anderson, 26, was found dead in his home by police trying to serve a warrant for child pornography. (Source: Facebook)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Representatives from the Savannah Police Department will be on hand at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy to address parent concerns after a teacher was found dead at his home.

Robert Anderson, 26, was found dead in his apartment on Friday when police arrived to serve him a warrant in part of an ongoing investigation involving sexual exploitation of children and child pornography.  

In a second statement issued to parents from the school, it says they have no information that students are involved. This is an open investigation so police are identifying those involved or affected by this.

"Probably one of the biggest challenges is, once you actually get the subscriber information and you actually get to the house, identify the device, now it's putting somebody to that keyboard. It's identifying your target at that point," said Joe Heath, Internet Crimes Investigator, Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

School leaders also revealed that the investigation centers around internet crimes by Anderson unrelated to his teaching job.

[MORE: Savannah officers find elementary teacher dead while serving him warrant for child pornography]

Part of the statement reads, "At this time, SCCPSS has not been provided any information that indicates SCCPSS students were involved; however, this is an active investigation and officials are continuing work to identify all who may be affected by or involved in the case.  Preliminary information indicates the case is related to internet crimes and Mr. Anderson was investigated as a private citizen."

Officers will hold an open meeting in the school's media center at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12 to address parents' questions and concerns. 

"It's a lot of waiting for the most part. Once you identify the target, you start to identify the files that they are downloading," Heath said. "Then, you have to confirm that those are child pornography images, and then once you get that, it's a matter of getting the subscriber information and going from there."

Also, if your child or an Ellis staff member needs support, please call the school on Monday morning to schedule an appointment. Counselors will be available between noon and 3 p.m. The number to call is 912-395-5470.

You can read the school's second statement below:

Dear Charles Ellis Parents and Staff:

This message is to provide you further updates regarding the Savannah Police announcement of the investigation surrounding Mr. Robert Anderson. 

Because of the sensitivity of this case, SCCPSS was not given specific knowledge of the investigation involving Mr. Anderson until his name was released on the late afternoon of Friday, June 8th.  The lead agency remains the Savannah Police Department.

At this time, the school district has not been provided any information that indicates SCCPSS students were involved; however, this is an active investigation and officials continue their work to identify all who may be affected by or involved in this case.  Preliminary information indicates the case is related to internet crimes and Mr. Anderson was investigated as a private citizen.

SCCPSS is cooperating fully with investigators and will assist as needed.  Representatives from the Savannah Police Department will be on hand at Charles Ellis to answer questions and address concerns for any interested parent or staff member on Tuesday, June 12 at 6:00pm.  The meeting will be held in the school’s media center. 

We would also like to remind you that SCCPSS grief counselors will be on-site on the afternoon of Monday, June 11th at Charles Ellis.  If your child or an Ellis staff member needs support, please call the school at 912-395-5470 on Monday morning to schedule an appointment. Counselors will be available between the hours of 12:00pm and 3:00pm.

We appreciate your continued support and remain committed to serving our staff and families throughout this difficult time.

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