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    CA - Vacaville Assist School Superintendent Steven Shields arrested for child porn

    I'm pleased to see that at least this reporter validates parents' fears. Just because local children do not show up on a man's personal collection of child porn doesn't do much to make feel comfortable about his safety around children.

    http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2011/...d-pornography/

    Vacaville Administrator Arrested For Possession of Child Pornography
    November 3, 2011

    "An assistant superintendent of Vacaville schools was arrested at the district offices on Wednesday for possession of child pornography. Steven Shields, assistant superintendent of business and administrative services for the Vacaville Unified School District, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by the Walnut Creek Police Department and booked into the Contra Costa jail in Martinez on $20,000 bail. According to Superintendent John Niederkorn, Shields acknowledged having child pornography on his personal laptop computer..."

    and

    "....there is no indication that Shields, 43, has had any inappropriate contact with any student or engaged in any inappropriate activity at work. The district office is located at 401 Nut Tree Road and is not on a school site. “He had access to all of our school sites, but he does not have direct or constant contact with children..."

    and

    "....Shields came to the district from Newark Unified, where he was the chief business official since 2008. Prior to that, Shields was an assistant superintendent with the Merced City School District...."

    More at link (plus mug shot)

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    I have to wonder why the Newark school district did not renew Shields' contract. Was he not able to concentrate on his job or was there something more? Schools have been known to pass around offenders time and again, where there are unsubstantiated allegations....until suddenly, there's substance.

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci...646?source=rss

    Walnut Creek police arrest Vacaville school administrator on child porn allegations


    "...."I personally did not know Mr. Shields, but I do know that the district did not renew his contract," Newark Superintendent of Schools Dave Marken said Thursday. As a precaution, he said, the district's computers were checked for offending material, and none was found. "It's certainly a very sad and tragic situation," Marken said. "We're just sick...."

    more at link

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    Mr. Shields also maintains an address in Ahwahnee, CA (near Yosemite) per the articles above. Looks like he has a real estate license and was a mortgage broker:

    http://www.craftsmanmortgage.com/

    Shields also runs this business:

    http://www.shieldsandassociates.biz/

    "....Shields & Associates is a consulting firm that provides support to education agencies. The consulting firm was founded by Mr. Steven Shields to provide exceptional professional services to compliment district administrative teams in achieving their goals and objectives and to attain the highest level of student achievement possible...."

    more at links

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    Concerning Newark, CA schools:

    http://newark.patch.com/articles/sch...iness-official

    School District to Hire New Business Chief
    February 18, 2011

    "....Steven Shields, who has held the post since September 2008, told Newark Patch in an e-mail message Friday that he is stepping down due to personal and professional reasons.

    “Also, my intentions in coming to Newark were to work toward my MBA (master's degree in business administration), but given the state of the California budget and its impact on Newark Unified, I have focused my efforts on helping the district maintain its fiscal solvency, which is displayed now by our most recent ‘Positive Certification’ and the development of the ‘Fiscal Recovery Plan,’ ” Shields wrote. “I’m looking forward to finding the right opportunity to allow me to be with my family and continue my education....”

    more at link (some interesting comments--seems that the union gave Shields a vote of NO confidence)

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    Interesting comment at my first link:

    "....I tried to warn the board of his behavior while he worked at Newark..."

    Sad to say, this person should have done more than warn the board. They should have called the police. This isn't looking good for the district.



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