Dallas English teacher arrested on child porn charges

An English teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas faces a detention hearing Friday after federal authorities arrested him on suspicion of receiving child pornography at his home.

Agents with the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement seized an estimated 500 images of child pornography from the Dallas apartment of Jon Leslie Lyons on Tuesday, according to a federal criminal complaint.

Federal authorities arrested Lyons, 44, on Tuesday. A detention hearing for Lyons is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeff Kaplan in Dallas.

If convicted, Lyons faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervision upon his release.

At the time of his arrest, Lyons, who had been a teacher in the Dallas school district for three years, was on administrative suspension from his job for making sexually inappropriate comments around students, according to federal court documents. An investigation by the Dallas school district is pending.

Federal authorities began an investigation on Lyons last month after Dallas school officials alerted them that they had found child pornography on a school district computer assigned to Lyons.

On Tuesday, federal agents interviewed Lyons at his Dallas apartment, which was about a block from Woodrow Wilson High School.

During the interview, Lyons admitted to federal authorities that he had images of 12- to 16-year-old nude teens in lewd poses, according to the federal documents. The images were on his home desktop computer and an iPhone, the documents state.

Lyons told federal agents that his collection of child pornography was a “morbid fascination with the forbidden,” according to the federal documents.