Lincoln County, MO (KSDK) - A middle school teacher has been charged with felony possession of child pornography.
Matt Hansen, 38, a seventh grade math teacher at Fort Zumwalt West Middle School in St. Charles County, has been placed on administrative leave by the school district. He has been employed with the school district since 2004.
The school says he had been a well-respected and popular teacher and they are fully cooperating with authorities.
They say they first learned of the charges late last week when Hansen climbed a cell phone tower in a small town in Iowa and threatened to kill himself.
Officers talked him down and he was committed to a mental health facility.
The child pornography was found during a search of Hansen's home computer in Lincoln County.