Pine Ridge Middle School teacher arrested on child porn and drug charges

Published: December 7, 2021 4:59 PM EST
Updated: December 7, 2021 10:55 PM EST

A Collier County Sheriff’s Office investigation ended with the arrest of a veteran Collier County Public Schools teacher Tuesday on child pornography and drug charges, according to Sheriff Kevin Rambosk.

Jason Michael Siciliano, 45, of 15 Bobolink Court, Unit A, Naples, is in the Collier County jail charged with two counts of transmission of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography.

Up until his arrest, Siciliano was a teacher at Pine Ridge Middle School. He was immediately fired by the School District.

“I never thought that that would happen in that school, ” said Sildianiz, who once attended Pine Ridge and is now a mother.

CCPS spokesman Chad Oliver said in a statement, “We have been informed of an arrest by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) of a District employee, Jason Siciliano. The matter is currently under criminal investigation and the District is cooperating with CCSO. The District has terminated Mr. Siciliano’s employment effective immediately.”

A man trusted to protect students was arrested for child porn and drug possession. Parents say they are sickened by this. Andrew Sathre lives in North Naples. “Makes me feel sick to my stomach,” said Sathre.

“Who’s gonna be my daughter’s teacher? Or, you know, their background or what kind of like, you know, knowledge or thinking they have in their head that you know? About younger little kids, like, you know, try to molest them or do something to the,” Sildianiz said.

“This type of heinous and disturbing behavior won’t be tolerated in our community,” Sheriff Rambosk said. “I am grateful for the dedication of our detectives in uncovering these crimes and making an arrest. Our goal is to see that this individual never betrays the community’s trust again.”

Siciliano came under investigation after detectives with the CCSO Special Crimes Bureau Exploitation Section received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which traced the transmission of child pornography to Siciliano’s residence.

Today detectives executed a search warrant at Siciliano’s residence and confiscated multiple electronic devices. An initial forensic review of the devices turned up two videos of child pornography.

The videos depict minors estimated to be as young as 4 years old engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Brett Allen lives in North Naples. “There’s definitely got to be consequences for four-year-old pornography,” said Allen.

Parents say consequences are a must. “He doesn’t belong in the school at all,” said Allen.

“That would be the first course of action is to get them away from harming anybody else,” Sathre said.

Detectives are continuing to analyze the devices and further charges may be pending.

Siciliano is also charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of narcotic paraphernalia. During the search, detectives also found the following items:

  • Marijuana weighing 3.3 grams. Siciliano does not possess a medical marijuana card.
  • A tool commonly used to grind marijuana. The grinder contained suspect marijuana residue
  • Three glass pipes commonly used for smoking marijuana. The pipes contained suspect marijuana residue.
  • Four glass pipes commonly used for smoking methamphetamine. The pipes contained suspect methamphetamine residue.

Siciliano was home during the search. Detectives took him into custody and transported him to jail.

Some of these parents fear what could’ve occurred if Siciliano wasn’t stopped. “If I was one day thinking of bringing my daughter to the same school, like, you know, what, if that guy was there or something like, you know, it’s kind of scary,” Sildianiz said.

Siciliano worked at Osceola Elementary School in 2005 and 2006, where he received a Golden Apple. He remains in custody and CCPS says the matter is under criminal investigation.