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FBI arrests talented third grade teacher

Five years ago, a Washington teacher at an elite private school was allegedly asked about child pornography that had been taken using a camera that belonged to the school. The man reportedly went on the run and was added to the FBI's Most Wanted List. In April 2013, the man was located in Nicaragua, following a tip provided by a female tourist who recognized him. The accused allegedly had false documents in his possession such as credit cards, passports and driver's licenses. Officials believe that he may have been working as a tutor or nanny to support himself.

The accused, now 31 years old, faces federal charges of possessing and producing child pornography. The judge denied bail at a court appearance on April 23. The accused faces up to 50 years of imprisonment. 

The accused man has been described as a gifted teacher. Rather than teaching from a textbook, he engaged children and encouraged them to think for themselves when faced with math or logic problems. He taught lessons on doing the right thing. The man worked as both a teacher and a camp counselor.

Though it has been five years since he was accused, the statute of limitations does not apply when a person is considered a fugitive or flees from justice. Any person who is being investigated or accused of a crime by police may benefit from speaking with a criminal defense attorney who may be able to develop a plan for lessening or defeating criminal charges.

Source: KHQ.com, "US child porn suspect captured after 5 years," Eric Tucker, April 23, 2013

Source: 18 U.S.C. § 3290 

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