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PONTIAC — Crisis counselors will be available at Saunemin Elementary School through Thursday, following the arrest of the dean of students/athletic director on possession of child pornography charges.

James Michael Stoecklin, 56, of Saunemin was arrested by detectives about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Livingston County Sheriff Tony Childress identified him as both a teacher and coach and added that the victim was a student at the school.

School Superintendent Christopher Maier issued a statement noting that Stoecklin was placed on administrative leave June 18.

“Mr. Stoecklin was placed on leave while the district investigated possible inappropriate use of the district’s internet and email systems,” he said.

The Department of Children and Family Services and the Livingston County Sheriff's Department were notified of the alleged misuse in accordance with the Saunemin Community Consolidated School District No. 438 board policy, he added.

Stoecklin is charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and remains in custody in lieu of posting $25,000. His next court date is July 1.

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The district has scheduled to have crisis counselors from Livingston County Special Services Unit available at Saunemin Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday, Maier added.

"Any student, parent, staff, or community member that is having difficulty processing the recent news is welcome to utilize those services. No appointments for the services are necessary. As always, the safety, security and welfare of our students, staff, and community are of utmost importance. At this time, the district is unable to provide specific details about the alleged incident."

Childress said that due to the victim's age and the circumstances, detectives will not release further information. He said the investigation is ongoing with additional charges possible.

Stoecklin had served the district in varying roles for over 25 years, Maier said.

An online copy of his 2018 employment agreement identified him as dean of students and athletic director, with the contract set to expire June 30, 2019.

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