ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) - A middle school principal, and former "Teacher of the Year," has reportedly been arrested and charged with multiple counts of sex crimes against children.
According to officials with Rock Hill Schools, Darin Pearson was arrested by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
The school district says officers notified officials on Friday morning about the arrest.
Pearson is an assistant principal at Sullivan Middle School. The school's website list him as the administrator over the 6th grade class.
School officials told WBTV that Pearson, who has served as an assistant principal at Sullivan since July 2007, has been placed on administrative leave.
He has also served as a teacher at Sullivan from August 2002 until May 2007 and was a substitute teacher prior to that time.
Pearson was named Sullivan Middle School's "Teacher of the Year" in 2007.
"Rock Hill school officials will work with the CMPD on their investigation, as requested," officials told WBTV. "In a meeting this morning with officials from the Rock Hill Police Dept., district officials were informed that there has not been an investigation in the past or one currently involving Mr. Pearson."
WBTV is working with CMPD to get more information on the case.