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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A former Broward County middle school teacher accused of some sickening crimes made his first appearance in court Friday.

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Ronald Sherman is facing 12 charges related to child pornography.

Investigators say he downloaded and shared images of children, possibly as young as four years old.

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Bond was set at $20,0000 for each count.

Sherman taught science at Apollo Middle School in Hollywood.

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Deputies say they are not aware of any allegations that he had inappropriate contact directly with children, but they want to hear from anyone with more information on this case.