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UPDATE: Former teacher accused of rape, creating child porn appears in court

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UPDATED 6/3

A former Vermilion Parish teacher and his apparent accomplice made their first appearances in federal court today to answer to accusations that they worked together to produce child pornography over a three year period.

James Stacey Harber, a 32-year-old middle school teacher, showed up in court today but his arraignment was postponed until next week because he hired his own attorney who could not be contacted in time for the hearing. 

Meanwhile, 39-year-old Angela Head, pleaded not guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to produce child pornography, eight counts of production of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

The two were indicted on the 10 counts of federal crimes last week, and are also facing charges in Vermilion Parish. Harber is facing three rape accusations and 58 counts of child pornography. Head is accused of three counts of child pornography and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

The federal charges apparently stem from evidence seized during the rape investigation. On eight separate occasions, from July 2010 to December 2013, Harber and Head are accused of coercing a minor to engage in sexual acts for the purpose of producing child pornography, according to the federal indictment. It's unclear whether the same minor was used each time. 

All instances apparently happened before Harber became a Vermilion middle school teacher. He was hired as an English teacher at JH Williams Middle School in August 2014, according to Vermilion Parish School Board minutes. Vermilion Superintendent Jerome Puyau said Friday that Harber was terminated within the past two weeks, following an internal investigation. 
 

UPDATED 6/1:

A Vermilion Parish teacher accused of rape and possession of child pornography is now facing additional charges of producing child pornography, according to a federal indictment filed last week.

James Stacey Harber, a 32-year-old seventh-grade teacher at J.H. Williams Middle School in Abbeville, is already facing three rape allegations and 58 counts of child pornography. An apparent accomplice, 39-year-old Angela Head, is accused of three counts of child pornography and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

The pair were indicted last week on one count of conspiracy to produce child pornography, eight counts of production of child pornography and another count of possession of child pornography.

On eight different occasions from July 2010 to December 2013, they're accused of coercing a minor to engage in sexual acts for the purpose of producing child pornography. It's unclear whether the same minor was used each time. 

Two computers, a digital camera, three tablets, an external hard drive and five cell phones were seized as part of the investigation. In addition, 9 SD memory cards, 3 USB flash drives and 71 CDs seized by the Abbeville Police Department on April 26 were also used in the federal investigation.

Harber was first arrested by the Abbeville Police Department on one count of first-degree rape and one count of second-degree rape on April 26. 

Three days later, 58 images of child pornography resulted in the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Department arresting him on another count of second-degree rape and 58 counts of possession of child pornography. In addition, they arrested Head, 39, on indecent behavior with a juvenile and pornography involving a juvenile.

The two will be arraigned in federal court later this week.

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New information on the arrest of a Vermilon parish teacher.. 

     James Harber is facing 58 counts of child pornography and one count of second degree rape and his bond was set at $4,350,000. 
Angela Head  was also arrested in connection with this case.  She was charged with 1 count of indecent behavior with a juvenile and three counts of child pornography with a bond set at $300,000. 
     According to Sheriff Mike Couvillion, Harber was arrested on additional charges after 58 images of child pornography were located on an electronic device recovered during a search warrant.
      Sheriff Couvillon says that Head was also arrested based on evidence retrieved from one of Harber's electronic devices.  

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A Vermilion Parish teacher is behind bars accused of rape.

James Harber, who according to the J.H. Williams Middle School website is a 7th grade teacher there, was booked by Abbeville Police with two counts of second-degree rape and one count of first-degree rape.

A spokesman for the Abbeville Police Department could not release details, but he did confirm that Harber was a teacher on leave and that the victims in the cases are minors. 

Abbeville Police say the evidence collected from the search warrant has been shared with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Department, who are now seeking additional charges against Harber.  The Abbeville Police Department has also contacted a federal agency to seek federal charges against Harber, involving child pornography.

Harber is currently incarcerated at the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center with a total bond of $300,000.00.

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