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Teacher's assistant at Miss Selma's School in Little Rock arrested on child pornography charges

A teacher's assistant at a Little Rock school was arrested and officials are seeking to identify potential victims in a child pornography case.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — According to FBI Little Rock, officials are seeking to identify potential victims in a child pornography case. 

A teacher’s assistant has been arrested and charged with production of child pornography. 

Augustus “Gus” Shenker, 21, was charged in a criminal complaint on Wednesday, May 19. He was arrested Thursday, May 20 and will be arraigned this week before United States Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray.

On May 18, FBI agents arrested Shenker on a criminal complaint alleging transportation of child pornography and possession of child pornography. 

Through the course of the investigation, law enforcement learned that Shenker has been employed as a teacher’s assistant at Miss Selma’s School in Little Rock since 2017.

On May 18, 2021, Shenker was released on conditions of bond, but the investigation continued, and based on new information, federal prosecutors filed a second criminal complaint charging him with production of child pornography.

The FBI is seeking to identify potential victims in this case. 

Anyone with additional information to report about Augustus Shenker can call the FBI at 501-221-9100.

The investigation is being conducted by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Joan Shipley and Kristin Bryant.

A criminal complaint only contains allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Miss Selma's School released the following statement after Shenker's arrest:

"Administrators were informed by law enforcement late Monday of the arrest of the individual in question. We have fully cooperated with investigators looking into this matter. Upon learning the news, we took immediate action and this person is no longer employed at Miss Selma’s School. All employees, including this individual, have completed and passed a criminal background check as required by the Department of Human Services prior to employment. There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our students, employees and staff and we will continue to take precautions to ensure such."