Park District Suspends Employee Accused In Child Pornography Case

11/28/18 – 4:56 A.M.

A Hancock County Park District Employee is on leave after the district learned he is facing child pornography charges. Director Gary Pruitt says the board placed 43-year-old Robert Sams on paid administrative leave Tuesday afternoon. He adds they first learned about the charges earlier in the day.

Sams is the natural resource manager for the park district. He started in that role in June of 2017. Before that, he served as a natural resource assistant and park service ranger.

Pruitt says the district has policies in place to take disciplinary action, including firing Sams. He adds he’ll follow procedures in the personnel manual.

MORE: Learn more about the charges Sams is facing.