2 Teachers arrested in child porn sting
PASADENA, Nov. 29, 2007 (KABC) -- Two local teachers are among several suspects who were arrested for possessing and downloading child pornography from the Internet.
It all came from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sting. They served a search warrant on 61-year-old first grade teacher Kenneth Kothe of Lincoln Elementary School in Lynwood.
ICE agents say they found hundreds of printed images of child pornography in his home that he actually admitted to downloading.
The other teacher arrested was 62-year-old David Hassler of Mayfield Senior School, that's a private school in Pasadena.
ICE investigators say when they searched his home, they also found numerous printed images of child pornography, downloaded from the Internet.
Hassler has been charged with possession of child pornography. The school principal says Hassler has been placed on administrative leave.
"When these allegations came to our attention we took immediate action to inform parents, students, and staff and to offer support through group discussion and individual counseling. As a community of compassion, respect, and integrity, we are committed to cooperating fully with law enforcement, dealing as openly as possible with our school community and respecting the rights of all individuals," Rita McBride, principal of Mayfield Senior School, said.
The superintendent from the Lynwood School District also issued a statement regarding Kenneth Kothe, their teacher that is being investigated. They say "we are consulting with our attorneys and will be cooperating with any official investigation."
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