Andrew Shonk, 36, was a technology specialist in the Rootstown district between 2006 and 2012.

A man who previously worked with the Rootstown Local School District was arrested Tuesday for having “materials considered exploitative of children,” including some who attended Rootstown schools.

Andrew Shonk, 36, a former technology worker, was arrested by Jackson Township police in Stark County Tuesday. According to records filed with the Massillon Municipal Court, he was charged with pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, a second-degree felony, and a count of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, a fifth-degree felony.

Shonk had been a technology specialist with the former Portage County Educational Service Center, and was assigned to the Rootstown district between 2006 and 2012.

Andrew Hawkins, superintendent of the Rootstown school district, sent an automated call to parents in the district Tuesday about the case.

“The Rootstown Local School District is cooperating with federal authorities in a criminal investigation concerning Mr. Shonk,” Hawkins said in the call. “While the investigation is ongoing, we understand that Mr. Shonk was arrested today by law enforcement agents regarding allegations that Mr. Shonk has been in possession of materials considered exploitive of children.

"Some of these children were Rootstown students during the time Mr. Shonk was in our schools. We are saddened and frustrated by these allegations and have been working closely with the FBI since we learned of the investigation. Safety of our students and staff is always our primary concern and we will continue to work closely with law enforcement throughout the investigation and prosecution.”

Vicki Anderson, a special agent with the FBI, Cleveland division, said that the case "continues to be an ongoing investigation" and that it was being investigated locally. She declined further comment.

Hawkins encouraged anyone with information that may be relevant to the investigation to contact the FBI at 216-522-1400. He also invited parents to call him at 330-325-9911 with questions or concerns.

Hawkins declined to give specific information about the age and number of Rootstown students affected, saying he did not want to hinder the investigation.