Derby Middle School teacher charged with child sex crimes

DERBY, Kan. (KWCH) A Derby Middle School teacher has been charged with 11 counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

Cody Chitwood made his first appearance in court on Thursday.

The 37-year-old was arrested in January after allegations of child pornography led to a search warrant being served in Derby.

The Wichita Police Department and Sedgwick County Sheriff Joint Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation.

As of Jan. 23, Derby Public Schools said Chitwood had been suspended with pay.

He is due back in court on Feb. 22 for a preliminary hearing.