Prude Death Investigation

Board of Education accepts Newark High School principal’s resignation


NEWARK, N.Y. (WROC) — The principal at Newark High School has stepped down, according to the school board, Thomas Roote submitted his resignation on Wednesday evening.

This comes after a former faculty member — 28-year-old Matthew Holland — was arrested on child pornography charges last month. The charges against 28-year-old Matthew Holland carry a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum penalty of life, and a $250,000 fine.

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Investigators say Holland communicated with at least one minor under the Snapchat name “TJohnson755.”

Neward School District officials did not connect Roote’s resignation with the arrest and said his departure was for “personal reasons.”

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