Kentwood High musical instructor fired following arrest on child porn count


A Kentwood High School music instructor has been fired after being arrested on accusations of housing child pornography on a computer at his home, Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Mark Kolwe said Monday.

Kenneth Dillon, 64, 222 Avenue F, Kentwood, was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on Friday on a count of pornography involving juveniles.

Detectives searched Dillon’s home and found sexually explicit images of children on his computer, including one video featuring an 8-year-old child, parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto has said. Detectives arrested Dillon and seized multiple electronic devices from his home.

Dillon worked as a part-time musical instruments instructor at Kentwood High School, Kolwe said.

Kolwe said he could not comment further on Dillon’s firing because of the ongoing criminal case.

Dillon began working for Kentwood High School in 2004 as a volunteer for the school’s music program, according to his biography on the school’s website.

Dillon moved to Kentwood after retiring from Exxon Mobil in Baton Rouge, but he also had experience as a studio musician in Memphis, Tenn., and worked with a number of artists in New Orleans while teaching math at Southern Automation Business College, his biogrpphy says.

Dillon’s biography says he eventually became a math and physics teacher at Kentwood High in addition to helping with the school’s band. He also helped oversee the school’s jazz music program, which was formed when the school changed to a magnet program in 2011.