Second Brush school administrator faces charges

Police say Scott Hodgson, 38, faces four counts of aiding and abetting the sexual exploitation of a child.

BRUSH, Colo. — A second Brush High School administrator now faces charges after police say they found inappropriate photos of underage students on school computers.

According to a statement from the Brush Police Department (BPD), police on Thursday obtained a warrant for the arrest of Scott Hodgson, 38, on four counts of aiding and abetting the sexual exploitation of a child.

Hodgson went to the Morgan County Detention Center on Thursday, BPD said, and posted $1,000 bond later that day.

Police say Hodgson was a secondary subject of their investigation from the start and faces charges for his role in the illegal collection of inappropriate images by fellow administrator Bradley Bass, 31. .

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According to the Brush High School website, Hodgson is the principal of secondary education and Bass is the vice principal of the school.

The BPD said the footage was illegally collected by Bass during the school’s investigation into underage sexting and then uploaded to the school’s computer network.

Brush police say they were kept in the dark about the illegal actions of school administrators for a few weeks and once the matter came to light, BPD officers obtained search warrants to seize images to prevent them from spreading further.

After Bass’ arrest on June 3, Brush School District Superintendent Dr. Bill Wilson shared a video message on YouTube in which he emphasized that a person is innocent until proven guilty and said that the district had been cooperative, open and transparent with the BPD.

“Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you read,” Wilson said in the video.

Hodgson is due in court for a status conference on July 21. Bass is due to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 14.

Police are asking anyone with information relevant to their investigation to email [email protected] or call 970-842-5074 to speak with an officer.

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