Chanhassen High School principal arrested following child porn investigation

- The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents arrested 44-year-old Timothy Dorway on Tuesday night.

BCA agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Dorway following the execution of search warrants at his Victoria home and Chanhassen High School, where Dorway is the principal. He's been booked into the Carver County Jail on suspicion of possessing pornography involving minors.

Charges in Dorway’s case are pending and he has not officially been charged.

According to a spokesperson, the alleged porn does not involve children from the school district. The district has put Dorway on administrative leave and launched its own investigation into porn allegations.

The BCA’s investigation is active and ongoing.

Message sent to Chanhassen High School parents and all district parents

Today we received some very bad news. Our district administration was informed this morning that Carver County Sheriff's Office arrested Tim Dorway, Chanhassen High School principal. The reason for his arrest was probable cause for possession of child pornography. This is an ongoing investigation and we expect more information will be available in a day or two. Law enforcement have informed us that no district students are involved.

Mr. Dorway is on administrative leave. The school district has a separate investigation process that needs to be followed to determine Mr. Dorway's status as a district employee. That process has started, and it takes time to complete. We will be cooperating with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on its investigation.

This news is a shock to the school and to our district. One of the most difficult things about these situations is that information is very limited. There is nothing more that can be shared at this time. More information will likely come out through the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

We have advised Chanhassen students not to share anything on social media. Mr. Dorway has family in this school district who have nothing to do with these allegations. We asked students to keep those individuals in their thoughts and not post anything online or share rumors they may hear.

Chanhassen High School has built a reputation for excellence and we will continue to focus on our students' success. This will be a difficult time, and we will get through it. Our work on this situation is only beginning. Today, Chanhassen High School staff was focused on their students and on dealing with this unfortunate news. We will need your support of our students and staff in the days ahead.

Thank you.

Jim Bauck, Superintendent

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