East Pennsboro middle school teacher faces child porn charges

2014-02-24T15:39:00Z 2014-09-16T10:17:41Z East Pennsboro middle school teacher faces child porn chargesThe Sentinel The Sentinel
February 24, 2014 3:39 pm  • 

HARRISBURG — An East Pennsboro Area Middle School science teacher is in Cumberland County Prison after a child pornography investigation, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said.

Craig Cohen, 29, of East Pennsboro Township, was charged with four counts of dissemination of child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. Cohen is an eighth grade science teacher at East Pennsboro Area Middle School.

Kane said Cohen’s arrest was part of an ongoing effort to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.

According to the criminal complaint, agents from the Attorney General’s office conducted an online investigation and found numerous files containing explicit images of minors engaged in sexually graphic acts and poses, including a file named “Preteen Boys Pedo Gay.” Agents determined the files were made publicly available for download from a computer allegedly belonging to Cohen, the office said.

Investigators conducted a search of Cohen’s residence, which resulted in the seizure of a desktop computer, a laptop computer, an external hard drive and various other electronic media. The items were preliminarily examined by the Attorney General’s Computer Forensics Unit, which located numerous files containing suspected child pornography, the office said.

Cohen was arrested Monday morning and preliminarily arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Richard Dougherty. He was placed in Cumberland County Prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 3 at 9 a.m.

Kane said her office was assisted by the East Pennsboro Police Department and the East Pennsboro Area School District.

The district posted on its website Monday that it is cooperating with the Attorney General’s office in the investigation.

“All appropriate actions have been taken at this time,” the statement read. “As a school district, we are not permitted to discuss any personnel information, as such, please understand that we are not able to comment further on this situation at this time.”

The case will be prosecuted in Cumberland County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section.


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