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Pinellas teacher arrested for child porn

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Investigators with the Attorney General's CyberCrime Task Force, the Clearwater Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement today arrested a Pinellas County middle school teacher on charges of child pornography possession.

Aaron J. Stewart, a teacher at Clearwater Intermediate School, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail after investigators seized his computer at his Clearwater home. Stewart, 28, admitted to knowingly possessing the images identified during an undercover Internet investigation, many of which appeared to be of children as young as 7 or 8, according to a news release issued by the Attorney General's office.

Stewart will be charged with one count of promoting the sexual performance of a child, a second-degree felony, and eight counts of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony. If convicted of all charges, he faces up to 55 years in prison.

- Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:52am]

    

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