A Brookhaven man who was a community coach for the varsity girls’ basketball team at Marist School has been charged with distribution of child pornography. It is not believed any students at the school are victims, according to Brookhaven police.
Daniel Dutton, 44, was arrested March 15 after the Brookhaven Police Department conducted a child pornography investigation which led to a search warrant at Dutton’s residence, said Officer Carlos Nino, spokesperson for BPD.
He was released March 17 on $10,000 bond, according to DeKalb County jail records. The DeKalb jail records also show the alleged offense took place in January.
Electronic devices, such as cell phones, laptops, desk top computers, tablets and USB drives were taken into evidence after police searched Dutton’s home, Nino said.
“There was an investigation and through the findings a search warrant was issued at his residence,” Nino said. “The investigation doesn’t suggest anyone at the school as a possible victim. The detectives believe he had no inappropriate contact with anyone at the school.”
The investigation is ongoing as law enforcement continues to go through the electronic devices, Nino said.
Marist School, located in Brookhaven, is a 7-12th grade Catholic school.
Father John Harhager, president of Marist School, issued a statement March 22, and said Dutton was not an employee of Marist School but was a part-time contracted community assistant coach for the varsity girls’ basketball team for the past several years.
“We were saddened to learn of the arrest of Mr. Daniel Dutton … We do not have any evidence or reason to suspect that any Marist students have been affected in any way by this situation, but as we are unwilling to put any of our students at risk, we terminated Mr. Dutton immediately,” Harhager said.
“Other than the arrest, we do not have any information relating to the charges made against him. As a school, our primary concern, of course, is for our students and families. All our community coaches undergo background checks, and we will continue this practice. Situations such as these can be upsetting for parents and children alike so we have made all the resources of our counseling department available to the girls who were on these teams,” Harhager said.