Schuylkill County middle school teacher charged with receiving and distributing child pornography
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 27-year-old St. Clair resident, who has been employed as a 7th and 8th grade teacher at the St. Clair Elementary/Middle School for several years, was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday for receiving and distributing child pornography.
According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the grand jury alleges that Todd Evans, of St. Clair, used a computer to download and distribute images of child pornography between October 2011 and December 7, 2011.
The charge against Allen resulted from an investigation by special agents from the Department of Homeland Security, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Schuylkill County District Attorney’s Office.
The investigation is continuing and includes efforts to identify victims and inform the appropriate authorities, including parents and schools where it is possible to do so.
If Evans is convicted of the charge, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, at least five years up to a life term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
U.S. Attorney Smith noted that this case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet,
as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.
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