Reading aide in Huntsville City Schools arrested on charges of sex abuse, child pornography

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Stacy Mason (Photo: Huntsville Police Dept.)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A man who worked with children in Huntsville City Schools this past year has been arrested on charges of sexual abuse of a child and possession of child pornography.

Stacy Mason was arrested twice in the past few weeks. On June 15, he was arrested on charges of sex abuse of a child.  On June 28, he was charged with possession of child pornography.  Additional charges are expected.

Investigators say there were four child victims, between the ages of 9-12.  The children were in Mason’s care.

Police say the pornographic images were found on electronic devices belonging to him. The children have since been removed from his care.

Investigators confirm the charges are unrelated to Mason’s work at the school, which had ended for the summer.

Mason worked in Huntsville City Schools on a temporary, part-time contract as a reading interventionist.  The school system said he worked with teachers to help tutor students who needed improvement with their reading skills.

“He was never assigned to an isolated, unsupervised environment with students,” according to a statement released by Huntsville City Schools on Thursday.

The school system confirmed with police Mason’s charges were not connected to his job with the school district or interactions with students.

Mason’s contract began in November 2015 and ended in May 2016.  He was cleared by the state through an ABI/FBI background check, according to the school system.