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Ex-teacher sentenced to jail for child pornography

A charge of child pornography was filed against a former substitute teacher/school administrator in California. The individual has since pleaded guilty to the child pornography charge. He will have to spend 100 days in jail.

As part of his plea agreement, the 60-year-old man admitted to possessing child pornography. As a consequence, one charge of destroying evidence at the time of his arrest in February was dropped. The man was taken into custody at his home.

The man reportedly threw a laptop computer from a bedroom on the second floor of his residence, and the computer landed in his backyard. This allegedly occurred while police were executing a search warrant at his home. Investigators said they ended up finding child pornography evidence on the hard drive of that laptop. In addition to going to jail, the now convicted man will serve three years on probation. Registration as a sex offender is also mandatory after he completes his jail term.

When an individual in the state of California is accused of possessing child pornography, he or she may be offered a plea deal by prosecutors. A plea agreement may offer the benefit of leading to lesser charges and/or a lighter sentence compared to what may be rendered following a guilty verdict at trial. The accused person retains the right to vigorously fight the allegations at trial, where the criminal charges must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt based on relevant and appropriate evidence before any conviction can be handed down.

Source: Martinez, CA, Patch, "Former County Substitute Teacher Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charges", April 9, 2016

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