The Middleton-Cross Plains School District is recommending a middle school science teacher be fired after an investigation charging that he received 23 e-mails at school containing pornography and other adult content.

Andrew Harris, a seventh-grade science teacher at Glacier Creek Middle School, was put on paid leave Dec. 3 pending the investigation and put on unpaid leave as of Jan. 4, according to district documents released Wednesday.

In addition to Harris, seven high school staff members and one administrator also were investigated after the district discovered adult content in their e-mail system.

The results of those investigations will be released later this month, district spokeswoman Michelle Larson said.

The district report shows that in slightly more than a year, "highly inappropriate material containing adult images were received and viewed on several occasions, at school and during school hours, contrary to district policy," according to a Middleton-Cross Plains news release.

The district's recommendation to fire Harris is being challenged by the district's union and ultimately will be decided by the School Board.

The material found during the investigation included dirty jokes and pornographic images. The material did not involve child pornography.

Harris' sister, who was not named in the report summary, sent him several of the e-mails containing explicit photos and videos, the district investigation showed. At least once, Harris opened an e-mail attachment and shared the picture — of a woman lying face down on the grass with her genitalia exposed — with other district employees, according to the investigation. Harris also forwarded some of the e-mails to co-workers and others.

The district also notes that Harris showed some of the pictures to women co-workers, meeting the criteria for sexual harassment.

The district said Wednesday that no illegal activity was found and no children were involved in the incidents officials investigated.

Harris, who has been with the district since 1993, has had "generally positive" evaluations and no ongoing performance concerns, according to the investigation.

After the School Board makes a decision on the termination, if the union continues to challenge, it will go through an arbitration process, Larson said.

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