A former Atlantic City substitute teacher who was fired in 2017 after the state Department of Children and Families investigation found that a nine-year old student had spent the night in the man’s bed was hired by the same state agency to work as a caseworker.
Kayan Frazier worked for the state from October 2017 until April 2019, when the Atlantic County Prosecutor charged him with unlawful possession of child pornography.
Three months later, the U.S. Attorney charged Frazier with receiving, distributing and producing child pornography.
Tonight, the Atlantic City Board of Education will hold a special meeting to address the issue after several school board members complained that they were never told about the incident.
It’s not immediately clear how the Department of Children and Families wound up hiring Frazier for the $56,088-a-year job soon after the same department had investigated him. Caseworkers are supposed to be subject to background checks.
This happened on Gov. Chris Christie’s watch.
Federal criminal charges against Frazier are still pending. He is currently being held without bail at the Atlantic County Justice Facility.
The Atlantic prosecutor’s office obtained a search warrant of Frazier’s Somers Point residence in April 2019. While executing the warrant, law enforcement observer him in the company of a minor, according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Thousands of images of child pornography were found on Frazier’s cell phone and other electronic media, including images of a minor at his home.