Substitute teacher arrested on sex charges remains in Jackson County Jail

An update on the investigation into a substitute teacher arrested on sex charges.

Twenty-one-year-old Keshawn Belcher was arrested Wednesday and charged with child exploitation and touching a child for lustful purposes.

According to the Jackson County jail docket this morning, he also has a bond revocation and a charge of child pornography rather than child exploitation.

Belcher was hired as a substitute teacher through a contractor, Kelly Services, who was responsible for vetting him.

Ocean Springs School District Spokesman Trey Brannan told News 25 a little about the vetting process, including that Kelly Services signed an affidavit starting that any employees provided have passed a federal background check.

State law requires all teachers to have a background check and a current child abuse registry check prior to employment.

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