CRIME

Connecticut teacher resigns after gun possession charge

FILE - This booking photo released by the Newtown Police Department shows Jason Adams, arrested Wednesday, April 6, 2016, and charged with having a gun at the town's middle school. Adams, 46, a teacher at the school, was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, which is illegal in Connecticut.  Newtown School Superintendent Joseph Erardi confirmed Saturday, July 2,  that Adams resigned at the end of the school year.  (Newtown Police Department via AP)

FILE - This booking photo released by the Newtown Police Department shows Jason Adams, arrested Wednesday, April 6, 2016, and charged with having a gun at the town's middle school. Adams, 46, a teacher at the school, was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, which is illegal in Connecticut. Newtown School Superintendent Joseph Erardi confirmed Saturday, July 2, that Adams resigned at the end of the school year. (Newtown Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A middle school teacher in Newtown, Connecticut, accused of carrying a loaded .45-caliber pistol in a holster inside the school has resigned.

Newtown School Superintendent Joseph Erardi confirmed Saturday that Jason Adams resigned at the end of the school year.

The teacher at Newtown Middle School was arrested on April 6 after police say he was seen with the pistol and detained by school security.

Police say he had a valid pistol permit, but Connecticut state law prohibits possession of firearms on school grounds.

Adams was placed on administrative leave.

He didn't immediately return a message Saturday seeking comment.

Newtown Middle School is less than 2 miles from the site of the December 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 first-graders and six educators.