Elementary school teacher held on child pornography charges
A local elementary school art teacher has been arrested for child pornography.
Ralph Watts Conrad III, 43 of Hamilton, was arrested Sept. 10 for distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography. A Loudoun County Public School's employee for 15 years, Conrad is currently employed at Algonkian Elementary School as an art teacher.
He has also provided art instruction as an itinerant instructor at Belmont Station Elementary, Lowes Island Elementary, Frances Hazel Reid Elementary, Mill Run Elementary and Creighton's Corner Elementary.
At this stage, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office does not have any evidence Loudoun children were involved.
The Sheriff's Office is investigating whether additional charges or victims exist. Anyone with information regarding this case or suspicious contact with Conrad have been asked to contact Detective P. Beaver at 703-777-0475.
Conrad has been placed on administrative leave from the school system pending the final outcome of the case. He remains listed on the staff directory on the Algonkian Elementary website, but his individual staff page has been taken down.
Wayde Byard, spokesman for Loudoun County Public Schools, confirmed Conrad has been placed on administrative leave and he had been an employee of the school system since 1998, primarily at Algonkian Elementary.
The case was turned over to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office after an joint investigation by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the NoVA/DC Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.
A bond hearing was held Sept. 11, where Conrad faced one charge of distribution of child pornography and two charges of possession of child pornography. He is currently being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.