Teacher Shared Child Porn Videos on Dark Web, Feds Say

Bronx Prep Teacher Arrested for Child Porn

BRONX- A Bronx high school teacher was arrested and charged by the feds for distributing child pornography. Prosecutors alleged that the teacher was on the dark web exchanging videos of prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts. 

The US Attorney’s Office this week announced the arrest of JONATHAN SCHWEITZER for possession and distribution of child pornography. 

Schweitzer has been employed as a teacher at Belmont Preparatory High School since 2008.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “As alleged, Jonathan Schweitzer received, possessed, and distributed child pornography, including depictions of young children.  The allegations are particularly disturbing in light of Schweitzer’s position as a school teacher. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to protect children.”

Between at least February 2019 and March 2019, SCHWEITZER, who is employed as a teacher at a high school located in the Bronx, used a peer-to-peer file sharing network to share approximately 10 unique video files known to contain child pornography. 

The child pornography included depictions of prepubescent children engaged in sexual activity with other children or adults.  

On April 3, 2019, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at SCHWEITZER’S apartment and recovered his laptop computer, which contained numerous files containing child pornography.

SCHWEITZER, 41, of the Bronx, is charged with one count of distribution and receipt of child pornography, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and one count of possession of child pornography, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  

The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

The charges in the Complaint are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said: “This individual allegedly violated his professional trust as a teacher to commit one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. I’d like to thank our local, state and federal law enforcement partners involved in this case for their hard work and diligence to ensure that those allegedly responsible for these egregious offenses are held accountable for their actions.”




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