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Sullivan school system continues investigation into porn, liquor allegedly stolen from facility

October 27th, 2009 12:00 am by Rain Smith

The Sullivan County Board of Education is still investigating whether eight pornographic DVDs and several bottles of liquor were stolen from its warehouse last week, as reported by police.

Larry Hall, the school system's supervisor of human resources, said he hopes to deliver a report on the investigation's findings to school officials on Thursday.

He declined to comment on what the investigation has found.

The school system's warehouse, 580 Holston Drive, Blountville, was broken into early Wednesday morning. Later that day the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office arrested a suspect, Larry J. Fleenor Jr., address provided as 780 Hamilton Road.

Police say Fleenor admitted to the break-in and stealing several items. According to an offense report at the Sheriff's Office, those items included a laptop computer, two cameras, eight pornographic DVDs, a Jack Daniel's gift box, another bottle of Jack Daniel's and Chivas Regal Scotch.

It's currently not known what information from the school board's internal investigation will be made public. Hall said that decision will be made by the director of schools, chairman of the school board and school board's attorney.

"I will complete the investigation and present it to them," Hall said.  "And frankly, what happens with it past that point is going to be their determination."

On Friday, Hall cast suspicion on the suspect's alleged admission to stealing the items from the school's warehouse.

"The gentleman that was arrested states that these items came from our facility," Hall said. "Our understanding is that he's a suspect in at least one other burglary, perhaps more, and we don't know how much truthfulness there is to any statements he makes. Already he's a confessed burglar and thief."

According to SCSO Capt. Keith Elton, Fleenor is indeed a suspect in a business break-in that occurred the same night, in a neighboring county.

Hall previously said disciplinary action against school employees, if found responsible, would be determined after consulting the school board's attorney and, "a thorough check of school board policy."

"If these items were in our facility that's wholly inappropriate and we strongly disapprove."

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