Former SNHU Professor Joshua Harwood, 36, was arrested Thursday, February 4, on two counts of manufacture child sexual abuse images, prostitution involving a child under 18, and possession of child sexual abuse images. Harwood was employed at Concord High School at the time of his arrest, but was on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Concord police department.
The investigation began on December 16, 2020, after a former Concord High School Student contacted a school administrator about a teacher messaging younger men via Grindr. Harwood was quickly put on administrative leave and was banned from being on school property while the investigation took place. Harwood was fired from his position earlier today after his arrest.
In an interview conducted by Patch, Deputy Chief John Thomas of the Concord Police Department said, “It is alleged that Mr. Harwood engaged in sexually explicit online activity with a person under the age of 18, during which Mr. Harwood sought and received child sexual abuse videos and/or images in exchange for money. In addition, it is alleged that on one occasion, Mr. Harwood engaged in physical sexual activity with a person under the age of 18 in exchange for money. The investigation indicated that Harwood was a Concord High School teacher at the time the alleged offenses of solicitation to commit sexual contact occurred.”
Harwood had been a professor and advisor at SNHU before going to work at Concord High. He had been an Academic Advisor, Lecturer, and was the faculty advisor to the Kappa Delta Phi fraternity. He also was nominated for teacher of the year twice while at SNHU. He left SNHU for unknown reasons in 2019.