Walnut Creek police arrested a Vacaville school administrator on child pornography allegations following their search of a Clayton home.

Steven Shields, 43, assistant superintendent of business and administrative services for the Vacaville Unified School District, was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of possessing child pornography, said police Sgt. Tom Cashion.

He said an unspecified investigation aided by other police agencies led to a search warrant being issued for the Clayton residence. Shields also has a listed address in Ahwahnee, a town southwest of Yosemite National Park.

Shields was booked into County Jail in Martinez and is being held on $20,000 bail. He has been placed on paid administrative leave by the Vacaville district.

Both the school district and Cashion said the illicit material was on Shields' personal laptop and not on any of his work devices or terminals, and that there is no evidence suggesting he victimized any students.

Shields joined the Vacaville district this July and before that was the chief business official for the Newark Unified School District from 2008 until this past June. He was also an administrator for the Merced City School District.

"I personally did not know Mr. Shields, but I do know that the district did not renew his contract," Newark Superintendent of Schools Dave Marken said Thursday. As a precaution, he said, the district's computers were checked for offending material, and none was found.


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"It's certainly a very sad and tragic situation," Marken said. "We're just sick."

Staff writer Chris De Benedetti contributed to this report.