A former Palmerton and Tamaqua high school principal has been charged with possession of child pornography.

Bruce L. Krasley, 61, of Allentown, who served as the principal at Catasauqua Area High School for six years, until retiring in 2006, was arraigned via video conference Tuesday before District Judge David M. Howells Jr. in Allentown.

Krasley, who turned himself in on Tuesday morning at the Lehigh County Regional Central Booking Center on North Fourth Street, Allentown, is charged with single counts of disseminating photos or films of child sex acts, possession of child pornography, and criminal use of a communication facility, all third degree felony offenses. Each count carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, and a $15,000 fine upon conviction.

He was released on $250,000 unsecured bail, with the conditions that he seek therapy, have no access to the Internet or interaction with children, and surrender his passport.

According to court records, Allentown police began an investigation against Krasley on Jan. 20, after he shared an explicit video of a young girl online. The video was eventually tracked to Krasley's home computer.

On March 2, police obtained a search warrant for Krasley's residence, where they found another explicit video on his computer; as well as photos of young girls. It was at this point that Krasley admitted to downloading nearly 40 child pornographic photos.

Krasley's desktop computer was seized at that time. He later surrendered a laptop computer.

Prior to his tenure in Catasauqua, Krasley worked as the Palmerton Area High School principal from 1994 to 2000, and as Tamaqua Area High School principal from 1981 to 1994. He also served as an interim director for the Master of Education program at DeSales University.

He most recently worked in a grant-supported position for the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a facilitator to certify principals, and reportedly resigned from his position with PDE on March 3, the day after Allentown police detectives searched his home in their investigation into the alleged child porn possession.