Substitute teacher at Mission Prep in SLO arrested on suspicion of child porn

A substitute teacher at Mission Prep in San Luis Obispo was arrested this month on suspicion of a child pornography charge.

The San Luis Obispo Police Department told The Tribune that San Luis Obispo resident Jake Smith, 28, was arrested on April 16 on suspicion of possessing and/or distributing child pornography.

There is no evidence of any local victims at this time, police said.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

The San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office has not filed charges against Smith, and he was not in jail custody as of Wednesday morning.

According to the California Department of Education, private schools do not have to require teachers or substitute teachers to have the credentials or permits they need to teach in public schools.

But Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School does ask for prospective full-time teachers to provide teaching credentials in their application. And a job posting for substitute teachers at the school also requires either a state teaching credential or a college degree and passing the substitute teaching exam.

The school did not immediately respond to request for comment.