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Charles Ellis parents dissatisfied with police meeting

SAVANNAH, Ga., (WSAV) - Tuesday night, parents of Charles Ellis Montessori Academy met with Savannah Police to have their questions answered.

Many parents still have questions surrounding the Chatham County teacher found dead in his home as police tried to arrest him on child pornography charges.

Friday, parents were informed about the death of 26-year-old Robert Anderson, a pre-k and 1st-grade teacher at the school. Less than 24 hours later parents learned police were attempting to investigate Anderson as a private citizen, not as a teacher for sexual exploitation of children.

Limited information and ongoing investigation are the two answers most parents received from police and the superintendent. A majority of those parents say they left feeling unsatisfied after being respectfully stonewalled.

Savannah Chatham County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ann Levett says, "this situation, of course, invites other questions that right now are still under consideration and under investigation."

Savannah Police Chief Revenew assured parents, they are taking their concerns seriously.”

Revenew also revealed they are working with Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Internet Crimes Against Children and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Parents in attendance were outraged after asking questions regarding the investigation that could not be answered since it is an ongoing investigation.

"What concerned me about this evening gathering is the fact that no information came along,” Tim Zielenbach says.

Zielenbach is a father of two sons at Charles Ellis. Both who've known and interacted with Anderson for years. He says he doesn't have reason to believe his child was involved but he doesn't have confidence that his questions will be answered.

“I have not been given the confidence to know for certain that it hasn’t, how long has this gentlemen been investigated beforehand. If it was an internet crime and he had photographs of children. And if there were any children in Savannah,” Zielenbach said.

He and other parents hope their questions can be answered before the school year begins in the fall.

"I’m looking forward to finding a good resolution to what's going on,” Zielenbach says.


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