A technology specialist who previously worked with the Hudson and Rootstown school districts was arrested Tuesday for having “materials considered exploitive of children,” including some who attended Rootstown schools.
Andrew Shonk, 36, a former technology worker, was arrested by Jackson Township police in Stark County Tuesday as part of an FBI investigation. He’s charged with pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, a second-degree felony, and a count of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, a fifth-degree felony, according to records filed with the Massillon Municipal Court,
Hudson Superintendent Phil Herman, in a robocall to parents, told them Shonk, who recently resigned, “did not possess images of any Hudson student that the FBI considers exploitive of children.”
“He did, however, seek and save photographs from social media sites, and the FBI has indicated some of those social media photos are of Hudson students,” Herman said. “We do not yet know from the FBI specifics on what sites he accessed.”
Shonk had worked for Hudson as assistant network manager since 2013. He had been a technology specialist with the former Portage County Educational Service Center, and was assigned to the Rootstown district between 2006 and 2012.
Andrew Hawkins, superintendent of the Rootstown school district, sent an automated call to parents in the Portage County district Tuesday stating police had found Shonk “in possession of materials considered exploitive of children.”
"Some of these children were Rootstown students during the time Mr. Shonk was in our schools. We are saddened and frustrated by these allegations and have been working closely with the FBI since we learned of the investigation.”
In his message to Hudson parents, Herman said, “It goes without saying that we are disturbed and disgusted by the allegations.”
“Last week, when we learned of the investigation, the district immediately placed Mr. Shonk on leave and he has subsequently resigned. We also took immediate steps to block Mr. Shonk’s access to District information systems, buildings, and off-site events.
“Safety is always our primary concern and keeping you informed is important to us. We will continue to work closely with law enforcement throughout the investigation and will provide you with updated information when it is officially released to us. “
If you have any information you believe may be relevant to the investigation, please reach out to the FBI immediately at (216) 522-1400. As always, please feel free to contact me directly at (330) 653-1216 with questions or concerns.
Vicki Anderson, a special agent with the FBI, Cleveland division, said that the case "continues to be an ongoing investigation" and that it was being investigated locally. She declined further comment.
Anyone with information that may be relevant to the investigation is urged to contact the FBI at 216-522-1400.
Herman said anyone with questions can contact him at (330) 653-1216.