Los Angeles readers know, of course, that Los Angeles police are the ones who would investigate a crime within city limits. But what if a crime occurs beyond L.A., or even outside of California? What, if say, an L.A. resident were using the Internet to distribute images of child pornography to a resident of New York? In a case like that the federal authorities would get involved.
That is the case with a second-grade teacher at a Boston-area elementary school. The man was recently arrested and has now been charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and other related charges because prosecutors say they discovered "hundreds" of images of child pornography on the man's computer, some of which he was trying to sell to others over the Internet.
The man came to attention after federal authorities began exploring a website that was allegedly used by people to exchange images of child pornography.
Accusations of possessing child pornography can devastate anyone's reputation, but they are likely to be especially damaging for this man. If he posts the $10,000 required bail, he will not be able to contact anyone who is under 18. How could an elementary school teacher carry on with his work under such conditions? Furthermore, there is likely to be unrest among parents who are not keen on the idea of a man accused of owning child pornography teaching their children. (None of the images the man is accused of possessing depicted any children who were his students).
The teacher is currently on paid administrative leave. He has taught with the same Boston-area school system for 12 years.
Source: WCVB-TV Boston, "Court: Teacher Tried Distributing Child Porn Video Online," Jan. 18, 2012