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Former Erie Teacher Sentenced To 235 Months In Jail For Child Pornography

February 13 , 2012

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 235 months in jail and 30 years supervised release on his conviction of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin imposed the sentence on David A. Rinke II, 40.

According to information presented to the court, over the last fifteen years Rinke amassed a collection of tens of thousands of images and movies depicting the sexual assault of children, some as young as infants. Rinke was caught when he distributed child pornography to an undercover FBI agent in Phoenix, Arizona.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge McLaughlin stated that Rinke was a predatory pedophile who represented a clear and present danger to the community.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Rinke.

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