MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon man charged in a child pornography investigation is scheduled to work in the May primary election as a poll worker with the Knox County Board of Elections.
Nathan Shepard, 28, has worked as a poll worker for four years and has turned in his card to work for the May primary, Knox County BOE Director Kim Horn said. Shepard has not completed training for the primary, Horn said. The next training begins April 13.
Shepard was indicted Monday by the grand jury on a charge of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, a second-degree felony. Shepard is out on bond, a provision of which bars him from contact with minors.
The bond provision could be problematic because people sometimes bring their children in to vote with them, Horn said. Youth organizations also assist with bringing votes in from the polling locations to the BOE on election night. Horn said that Shepard was not previously involved with bringing the votes in.
Shepard has worked eight prior elections, Horn said.
Horn said she was surprised to hear that Shepard had been charged. The BOE has not taken any action against Shepard, and is “waiting on what we hear in the meantime” before making any decisions, Horn said. The BOE has been in contact with the Knox County Prosecuting Attorney’s office regarding the issue.