A former school principal fired after child pornography was allegedly found in his office has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Steven Robert Davidson, who was principal at Delran Intermediate School in Delran, N.J., pleaded guilty Dec. 16 to official misconduct for using a school computer for personal use.

In exchange, prosecutors will recommend that Davidson, 37, of Bensalem, Pa., be sentenced to probation at his sentencing Feb. 10 before Superior Court Judge Donald Gaydos.

Davidson must surrender his New Jersey teaching license under the plea agreement and is permanently barred from seeking public employment in the state. He must also undergo psychological testing.

He was arrested in February 1998 and charged with child endangerment after a worker at the school found a dozen photographs of children having sex. Authorities said none were of children from the school.

The school board fired Davidson from the $65,000 a year job he had held since 1996. The school has about 500 students in grades three through five.

The judge ruled at an earlier proceeding that half of the images were not pornographic. At the Dec. 16 plea, neither the pornography nor the unauthorized purchases Davidson allegedly made with the school computer were mentioned.