Former Thomson teacher arrested on child porn charges

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 2:22 PM
Last updated Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 7:49 AM
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THOMSON, Ga. - A former school band director in Thomson was taken into custody this afternoon on charges related to child pornography.

Thomson Police Officer Clay Hammond and GBI Special Agent Charles Kicklighter escort former Thomson band director Brad Pirkle to a patrol car following his arrest Wednesday.  Billy Hobbs/Morris News Service
Billy Hobbs/Morris News Service
Thomson Police Officer Clay Hammond and GBI Special Agent Charles Kicklighter escort former Thomson band director Brad Pirkle to a patrol car following his arrest Wednesday.

Gary Nicholson, special agent in-charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 7 Office identified the suspect as 30-year-old Philip Bradley Pirkle, of the 400 block of Johns Road, Thomson.

Pirkle was charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of using a computer to entice a child for indecent purposes, Nicholson said.

Pirkle was arrested at his home shortly before 1:30 p.m. and taken to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center. He had been under investigation since July 2009 when authorities seized a desktop computer, laptop and other equipment from his residence.

The investigation began after a complaint from a mother about reported communications between her daughter and Pirkle on MySpace. The mother first told the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department about the matter before it was turned over to the GBI.

Pirkle resigned his teaching duties at both Thomson Middle and Thomson-McDuffie County Junior High schools in July after the criminal investigation began. 

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Notreally
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Notreally 02/24/10 - 02:46 pm
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Wow these over grown sorry

Wow these over grown sorry men can't find a female their age. If I'm not mistaken guys like him get beat up in prison and he looks soft.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/24/10 - 03:10 pm
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People have gone crazy.

People have gone crazy.

maddhatter
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maddhatter 02/24/10 - 03:34 pm
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Wow. I am sure he will fine

Wow. I am sure he will fine a special someone in the jailhouse tonight!

ttowngirl
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ttowngirl 02/24/10 - 03:47 pm
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I feel sorry for his wife!

I feel sorry for his wife! It all broke out the day they returned from their honeymoon. As a former student of his I think he should know better.

ach1239
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ach1239 02/24/10 - 03:52 pm
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He definitely should have

He definitely should have known better!

brimisjoshan
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brimisjoshan 02/24/10 - 04:10 pm
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It goes to show that we all

It goes to show that we all must watch out for our children and be very careful who we trust.

Just me 2
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Just me 2 02/24/10 - 05:27 pm
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He has ruined his life. He

He has ruined his life. He had a bright future and now look at him. This is so sad for someone to think this is acceptable behavior. I sure feel for his family.

cristinadh
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cristinadh 02/24/10 - 05:30 pm
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only men!!

only men!!

Petey Aitchess
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Petey Aitchess 02/24/10 - 05:39 pm
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cristinadh - There is a

cristinadh - There is a softball coach from Columbia County that would disprove your statement.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 02/24/10 - 06:22 pm
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cristinadh-Occassionally you

cristinadh-Occassionally you hear about the female teacher that has a sexual romp with a male student, but somehow it doesn't seem as bad as a male teacher lurking after the female students. He will get his in the big house, that's for sure.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 02/24/10 - 06:42 pm
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Unbelievable. What you see is
Unpublished

Unbelievable. What you see is almost never what you get. Am I reading this story right? Even after he was caught back in July and forced to resign, he still obtained child pornography? This is an illness.

soldout
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soldout 02/24/10 - 07:03 pm
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In a society that promotes

In a society that promotes and celebrates sin more and more of this will happen. When we ran God and the Bible out of the schools satan was glad to fill the void. Every sin begins with a thought and that is the point where he needed to cast it down. Christ can restore him and all the devil has stolen if he would submit to Him.

Dave of AGS
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Dave of AGS 02/24/10 - 07:24 pm
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2-step rehab process: 1) Go

2-step rehab process:
1) Go to hard-core prison
2) Play "Pants on the Ground" in spare time.

BQAKTIAG
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BQAKTIAG 02/24/10 - 08:05 pm
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Shall we tie him up and burn

Shall we tie him up and burn him at the stake? It seems that some have already tried and convicted this man without a judge or a jury. I HATE child predators, but we don't know yet that Mr. Pirkle is one. All I have seen is that he made a stupid mistake, and he is being used as a high-profile example to prove that our "law enforcement" is earning their keep in a time of economic crisis. If Mr. Pirkle is found guilty of the charges, then yes...he absolutely deserves what he gets...if Mr. Pirkle is found innocent, then we all owe Mr. Pirkle an apology. God forbid we ever find ourselves in a situation where we are denied due process. We don't live in North Korea, do we?

my.voice
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my.voice 02/24/10 - 08:30 pm
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This is terrible, definitely

This is terrible, definitely a sick mind at work there. A decent looking guy who prefers a child. Good luck in the big house bud, because your life is over.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/24/10 - 10:56 pm
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Ugh. Another one. Why does

Ugh. Another one. Why does it seem it is always the band directors??

T.Cummings
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T.Cummings 02/24/10 - 11:11 pm
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:( Pirkle...he was like the

:( Pirkle...he was like the coolest teacher ever. I looked up to him. Without him, i wouldn't be the great trombonist that i am today. I hope you make it through this Brad...just change your ways. *tear*

TTownMom
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TTownMom 02/25/10 - 12:01 am
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I am more concerned about the

I am more concerned about the victims. Pirkle was liked and trusted by the children, as well as the parents of our community. He has taught our children for quite some years here in T Town. The question now is...Exactly what has he been teaching our children? His duty as an educator was to protect our children. What about the victim(s)? Is there or has there been support on their behalf as far as the school system is concerned or have they been ridiculed due to the fact of Pirkle's popularity in this small town? Everyone here has heard the rumors and made judgements for themselves, without knowing the facts. If there has been an ongoing investigation since July of 2009 and his arrest was today, Feb. of 2010, Seven months later, I don't think this has anything to do with an economic crisis or law enforcement earning their keep. It has to do with a grown man doing wrong, and he was caught.

cricketflea
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cricketflea 02/25/10 - 07:58 am
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It just makes me SICK!!! And

It just makes me SICK!!! And to think so many parents entrusted their children to this man, including me!!! He taught my child in middle school several years ago and all the kids and parents thought SO much of him. Just goes to PROVE you can't tell who the MONSTERS are just by looking at them!!! Way to go to the "nosy" Mom who checked up on her daughter!!

crackertroy
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crackertroy 02/25/10 - 08:03 pm
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I don't think Pirkle had any
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I don't think Pirkle had any "victims" in Thomson other than the girl he attempted to have relations with. The victims are the children in the pornography videos he was hoarding, not to mention his wife of less than a year. She is the biggest victim in all this. Pirkle is not malicious, he's just really, really messed up mentally.

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