HISD elementary teacher charged with distributing child porn

HISD elementary teacher charged with distributing child porn

HISD elementary teacher charged with distributing child porn

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on August 31, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 31 at 4:18 PM

HOUSTON – A Houston teacher has been arrested on charges of distribution of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Juan A. Villarreal, 52, is an elementary teacher with the Houston Independent School District.

The investigation of Villarreal dates back to July 2010 when a Beaumont undercover officer identified a computer that was making child pornography available over the Internet.

The undercover officer successfully downloaded videos, including one that showed a girl, 8 to 10 years old, having sex with an adult male. Others showed boys and girls 11 to 15 years of age having sex with each other and masturbating.

The computer was traced to Villarreal at a residence in Houston and the case was referred to Houston authorities for further investigation.

Agents learned earlier this week that Villarreal was employed by HISD as a third-grade teacher at Anderson Elementary School.

They searched his home Friday and found several images and videos of child pornography on a thumb drive inserted in a computer located within the residence, according to the U.S. Attorney.  

Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested Villarreal and he made his initial court appearance Friday afternoon.

If convicted, Villarreal faces a minimum of five and up to 20 years in prison along with a fine up to $250,000. He also faces a possible life term of post-prison supervised release.

HISD issued a statement Friday saying Villarreal has been removed from his duties.

 

 

 

 

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