PTA President Accused of Making Child Pornography ... at Elementary School!

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elementary schoolA community is in turmoil after the former PTA president at the local elementary school was arrested. Cops say 37-year-old David M. Navarro (not to be confused with rocker Dave Navarro) recorded the sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl on school property. Then he posted it on the Internet! Technically that means child pornography was being made at an elementary school!

How could such a thing happen? How could a guy who'd do that not only get into a school, but rise to the president of the Belfair Elementary School PTA? Surely heads should roll.

Well, maybe not.

The school's superintendent says they did a "state patrol background check" on Navarro when he became an elementary school volunteer back in 2011. It missed a 2009 charge for "lewd and lascivious acts with a child" as well as "indecent exposure." But that charge was dropped ... Navarro was never prosecuted.

Unfortunately, this is the shortcoming of background checks. Typically they only uncover things that have been prosecuted. If someone skates or -- almost worse -- flies under the radar for years, a background check does diddly squat. It can't really determine the potential for someone to do something bad, only if they have been prosecuted in the past for doing something wrong.

What we're left with is an imperfect system that puts people like David M. Navarro in a school. It puts a guy who police say shot at least six videos of this poor little girl, including one of her performing oral sex on school grounds, in a school.

The only good news in all of this is that authorities here in the states were tipped off by police overseas who noted a GPS stamp on one of the videos found online (because, of course, child pornography spreads like a virus) that directed them to the Bellfair school. They were able to nail their suspect.

Navarro is accused of uploading some 14 inappropriate photos to the site in addition to the video. He's facing federal child pornography charges. If he's guilty, he will go away for a good long time -- and that should show up on ANY background check.

Do you have faith in background checks? Do you see any way to improve them?


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LawNO... LawNOrderMommy

It seems fishy that he was alone with this one child enough to record 6 videos even as a school volunteer. I would personally be really uncomfortable if I found out anyone I didn't know very well was allowed to be alone with my child. If I don't know you I don't want you alone with my kids. My deepest sympathies to the family of this little girl. I can't imagine what they are dealing with.

nonmember avatar Disgusted

It turns out it was his Step-Daughter. My child goes to this school. I have met this piece of trash David Navarro, elected as PTA president by other parents, he fooled everyone. I just hope the system serves justice and doesnt let this predator evade prosecution and deserving punishment again. He got away with it in San Diego, no way they can let him slide again.

Craft... CraftyJenna

Why is he just being charged with child porn? What about this poor girl? Why isn't he being charged with rape?

nonmember avatar Disgusted

He is being charged with multiple offenses, not just child pornography. They have not disclosed if it was him in the video performing the acts. However he had several computers and electronic devices confiscated. Hopefully they have enough evidence to put him away.

wamom223 wamom223

I really think in light of all of these educator's and other sicko's affiliated with schools, churches and other kid programs who have committed sexual abuses on children should be sentenced differently and stronger than other cases.  It should be another crime to take on a position that makes it easier for you to prey on children.  This is why I am so protective about who I leave my child alone with even after back ground checks.  I know this because there is a child molester in my family that has gotten away with it for years and even now can not be stopped from working with children.  Its so sad that we live in a country where you can serve more time for drug abuse than raping or molesting someone or a child.

Jacki Brehm

Unfortunately there are degenerate perverts in every walk of life.

Natasha Low

im so sorry for you disgusted i can't imagine what you and your family are going through right now, poor little might must have been terrifiied. he's a sick and twisted waste of a human life, i personally think that jail is to good for the likes of him i think he should get handed over to the family to deal with him how they please instead, i hope they lock him up and throw away the key so he doesnt ruin any more lives and that you can all move forward with your lives 


nonmember avatar concernedmom

Such a sad story. At my daughters elementry school a teacher was just convicted of multiple charges of sexual abuse against several of the children which happened on school property. Was amazed at how short of a sentence he received. I do not think there is rehabilitation for child predators. They should never be released. There is something seriously wrong with our judicial system.

Jorie21 Jorie21

It disgusts me how mildly these people are charged/punished! Sexual predators should be locked up for life. It differs by city/county though. And you know, teachers, PTA people, etc aren't the only ones you have to worry about... There are child predators at public schools too and I mean children who are predators. The worst part is, because they are too minors, the school has no idea about their crimes. You just have to teach your children and pray :-! In a county outside of mine, a 15 yr old was actually charged as an adult for sex abuse against multiple 3 yr Olds and sentenced to life.

nonmember avatar Candace

the sad part about it is that there just isn't enough room in many jails across the country to keep people like him, or any one else who commits a horrible crime locked up for long periods of time.....sick and twisted world we live in...

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