Gerson Rivera found to be registered sex offender, resigns as Tyson-Schoener's PTO president

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Published: Oct 12 2012 03:29:55 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 12 2012 05:54:43 PM EDT
READING, Pa. -

The president of a parent-teacher organization in Reading resigned from his position Friday after being found to be a registered sex offender, district officials said.

The Reading School District asked Gerson Rivera, the president of the Tyson-Schoener Elementary School PTO, to step down after learning of his status on the Megan's Law website, said Kristin Boyd, a spokeswoman for the district.

Rivera was convicted in June 2003 for possessing obscene materials in another state, according to the website. He was first registered in Pennsylvania as a sex offender in 2004.

Rivera has served as PTO president since the start of this school year, although he was involved with the organization in an unspecified capacity last year, said Boyd, adding that the district asked Rivera to resign for the safety of its students.

The district did not perform a background check on Rivera because he was classified as a short-term volunteer for the district and would not be granted unattended access to students, Boyd said. The district might re-examine its policies as a result of this incident, she added.

69 News has tried to reach out to Rivera for comment, but the attempts have been unsuccessful.