A California middle school teacher is facing serious criminal charges after authorities allegedly found child pornography on his computer. The 58-year-old math teacher who was known as a strict teacher is now imprisoned, being held on $1 million bail. The Internet Crimes Against Children task force claims to have found the incriminating evidence after executing a search warrant at his residence. At this time, school officials have no reason to believe any students were involved in the incident. The accused teacher has since been placed on administrative leave.
Internet crimes are treated very seriously in California and are often considered federal crimes. This means that those who are accused of computer crimes, including child pornography, face aggressive prosecution and the potential for serious, long-term consequences. Those who face these allegations are often confronted with the very real possibility of an extensive prison sentence, fines and a ruined reputation.
Although those who are accused of possession of child pornography might feel as if they have no hope for a successful defense, this is not always the case. In fact, there are many strategies that can be utilized in an attempt to obtain an acquittal or get charges reduced or dismissed. For example, an accused individual might be able to claim that they do not own the computer that holds the incriminating images or that there was unauthorized access to their internet network.
In any event, facing these types of charges is often a stressful, fearful process. However, in California, experienced attorneys are willing and able to help criminal defendants develop a defense strategy that protects their legal rights and their best interests. Hopefully, they can remain free and repair their once-threatened reputation.
Source: ABC 7, "DANVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER ARRESTED ON CHILD PORN CHARGES," Aug. 22, 2014