Substitute teacher arrested in Purvis
Purvis police have arrested a Lamar County substitute teacher on child pornography charges.
The police say they were tipped off by inappropriate text messages on a student’s phone.
Andrew Johnson, an investigator with Purvis police, said 29-year-old George Fries was arrested Monday after the grandparent of a student saw text messages he deemed unusual and reported to police.
Johnson said the phone number traced back to Fries, and after obtaining a warrant, police seized his computer and cell phone.
Police say evidence of child pornography, including images of at least one student whom Fries had taught, was found.