Thursday, August 5, 2010

PA: 1st Grade Teacher, Camp Counselor Arrested on Child Porn Charges

By Teresa Masterson, Vince Lattanzio

A first grade teacher in West Chester and director of a local summer camp was arrested on charges of having hundreds of images of child pornography, authorities say.

David Devine, a first grade teacher for the West Chester Area School District and director of Camp Flying Hawk day camp, possessed more than 500 sexually explicit images of elementary-school-age children, according to Delaware County District Attorney G. Michael Green.

Devine, 34, taught first graders at Penn Wood Elementary for a year and a half, officials said. The district said Devine passed all required background tests before starting at the school.

"Devines clearances were completed prior to his employment," the district said in a statement. "No infractions were reported in these clearances, and we have had no reports of any improper conduct by Mr. Devine during his employment with the district."

School district officials say their Internet filtering system prevents anyone from accessing pornographic sites on school property.

Investigators were tipped off to Devine's alleged habits by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

It is unknown whether or not the photos are of any children with which Devine was in contact, but D.A. Green says there's no reason thus far to believe that to be the case.

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