James Barrett, president of the Walker County Association of Educators, was arrested Friday, April 5, for possession of child pornography, Sheriff Steve Wilson said.

Wilson, in a press release, said forensic analysts with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found child porn on at least one of Barrett's personal devices.

The Sheriff's department began investigating Barrett in November 2018 after he loaned his iPad to a female student for an assignment. The student discovered the pornography in his browser history and took photos with her phone to show her parents, who notified school officials.

At the time, on Nov. 23, Schools Superintendent Damon Raines said, “This investigation is being handled by detectives from Fort Oglethorpe City Police Department and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office. Walker County Schools will continue to cooperate with both agencies as this is a law enforcement issue."

Barrett has been an outspoken critic of the county school board, particularly its public commenting policy.

In March 2015 he filed a lawsuit against the school board claiming he was not permitted to speak at a school board meeting regarding the district's grading policy, even after following the correct procedure to get permission to speak. The court ruled in Barrett's favor, saying the superintendent had too much power over who could speak under the policy.