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Teacher charged with possessing child pornography

Published December 08. 2011 05:01PM

A Schuylkill County school teacher was arrested on Wednesday and charged with allegedly possessing child pornography.

State police charged Todd Christopher Evans, 27, of 149 N. Nicholas St., Saint Clair, with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Evans is a middle school teacher in the Saint Clair Area School District.

Evans was arraigned before District Judge David A. Plachko, of Port Carbon, and committed to the county prison in Pottsville in lieu of $100,000 straight cash bail.

The charges were filed by Trooper Michael J. Gownley, of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, based in Wilkes-Barre.

According to the arrest affidavit, Special Agent Patrick McCall, of the Department of Homeland Security, began an investigation in October into someone trafficking sexually explicit photos of children on the Internet.

Through the course of McCall's investigation, he downloaded 12 child pornographic images from an account he set up on the Internet.

The state police then obtained the name on an account where the pornographic images were sent. That account belonged to Evans.

A search warrant was obtained on Tuesday from Schuylkill County President Judge William E. Baldwin for Evans' home. Troopers served the warrant about 6:40 a.m. on Wednesday. Seized in the home, where Evans resides by himself, were numerous electronic devices, including a laptop computer.

Troopers said on the computer were hundreds of images and movie files that contain child pornography.

Assisting in the investigation was the Schuylkill County District Attorney's Office, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Homeland Security Investigations, and the criminal investigation unit of the Frackville barracks of the state police.

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