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    NY - prep school teacher nabbed for massive stash of child porn

    I must be totally sleeping on the job as I totally missed this. The story is from mid-August. One after another, well respected teachers with full background checks are being arrested. Did they suddenly make a wrong turn or is technology finally catching up with them? And who shows up in court in gym shorts? Most courts have dress codes. That could not have gone over well. On second thought, yes it did as he got to walk. Audacity.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_c...obref=obinsite

    Prep school teacher nabbed for massive stash of kiddie porn, cops find 43 CDs with pics, videos


    "An accused perv teacher who's worked for some of the city's poshest prep schools had a massive stash of kiddie porn on his computer, the feds said Thursday.

    Authorities hauled 43 CD-Roms with illicit images and videos of children engaged in sex acts out of 28-year-old John E. Thomas' Harlem home.

    He was to begin teaching Fifth Grade at the Bank Street School for Children in the fall; he had taught for the past three years at Horace Mann and Friend's Seminary before that.

    He's been a camp counselor at the prestigious 92nd Street Y this summer and had clothed snapshots of children at his camp on his computer. The porn featured children around the same ages of those he taught and counseled.

    Parents of kids at the camp were horrified...."

    and

    "Thomas was charged in Manhattan federal court with possessing child porn and released on $50,000 bail. He is also accused of swapping images with others.

    Thomas appeared in court wearing a white T-shirt and dark blue shorts and was surrounded by friends and relatives, including his mother...."


    more at link

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    I noticed a comment under this article referencing an earlier, and even larger discovery on a NY educators computer. Just wow. The actual porn and the varied responses from staff and co-workers. The techs who found the porn were fired. If you have five minutes, slip down the rabbit hole and look at the issue of child porn through many different brilliant people's minds. Note, there are four pages.

    http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/crimelaw/features/n_8815/

    and the outcome:

    http://www.informationweek.com/news/...cleID=18201352

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    I totally missed updating this horrid case. Here's the plea:

    http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011...htmare-teacher

    Elite prep schools teacher pleads guilty to download, send child pornography
    April 4, 2011

    "A prep school teacher described as "a parent's worst nightmare" pleaded guilty yesterday to sending and receiving child pornography. John Thomas, 28, sheepishly admitted he used the web file-sharing program LimeWire to get videos of children engaged in sex acts. "I did use it to download material considered to be child pornography," he muttered to Federal District Judge Kevin Duffy as his grim-faced family sat stiffly in a near-empty courtroom...."

    and

    "...Starting in 2005, Thomas taught fourth- and fifth-graders at elite schools such as Horace Mann, Bank Street School, Friends Seminary and the 92nd Street Y Summer Camp...."

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    And here's the sentence:

    http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011...htmare-teacher

    Former Manhattan Prep School Teacher Sentenced to Prison for Child Pornography Stash
    June 27, 2011


    "....A former fourth and fifth grade Manhattan prep school teacher was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for having a massive child pornography stash, prosecutors said Monday. John Thomas, 28, pleaded guilty in April to to a federal child pornography offense. He was found to have 43 CDs worth of lewd images of children that he downloaded from a peer file sharing network...."

    and

    "....He was working at the 92nd Street Y as a summer camp counselor at the time of his arrest, prosecutors said...."

    more at links

    Where else would we expect Thomas to be working in the summertime? Jeesh.

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    An earlier article which I just noticed has some comments and a photo of Thomas:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_1...02-504083.html

    Teacher Child Porn Case Jolts NY City Prep School Scene, Says Report

    Comments:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_1....html#comments

    A snip:

    "...He was our third grade teacher. On our class trip he slept in the same bunk as 20 other third graders. He refused to sleep in the teachers cabin and now I know why. What a nasty freak. He was always considered one of the teachers who was like a cool friend, I saw this man for 4 hours everyday, and you wouldn't have even known. He even dated one of the other teachers. I hope he goes to jail and hates everyday of his life till its over...."

    Another young commenter freaks out as he played volleyball with the man....



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