A tip from U.S. investigators led the RCMP to lay child pornography charges against a Labrador teacher.

Mark Baxter White, 40, of Happy Valley-Goose Bay has been suspended with pay from his job as an English teacher and librarian at Mealy Mountain Collegiate, CBC News has learned.

White was arrested late Friday while police executed a warrant. White made a provincial court appearance on Saturday by telephone.

He remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for a bail hearing. He faces four charges, including making child pornography, distributing child pornography and luring a child.

Sgt. Wayne Newell, who speaks for the RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador, said the investigation followed a tip from the FBI.

"We initiated the complaint after receiving information from authorities in the United States," Newell told CBC News.

He said the child pornography did not involve any victims from Newfoundland and Labrador.

The offences are alleged to have happened between June 22 and June 25 last year, involving a U.S. girl who filed a complaint to authorities after having had online contact with a man who made demands for provocative photographs.

"In this case, there's information to believe the child fell for the thing that was being threatened to her and then performed certain sexual acts from her computer in the United States, and the matter escalated to the point where the accused allegedly had further images," Newell said in an interview Monday.

The Labrador District School Board has sent a letter home to parents of children attending Mealy Mountain Collegiate.

RCMP from the Happy Valley-Goose Bay detachment worked on the investigation with experts within the force, including the child exploitation unit, integrated technology unit and major crimes investigators.