Baltimore teacher charged in child porn case
Baltimore County police have charged a Baltimore City public charter school teacher with possession of child pornography, officials said Friday. County police said Frank Joseph Pugliese III, 43, of Catonsville was caught downloading and sharing videos and photographs of girls, ages 6 to 9, in an online investigation conducted by the county’s Crimes Against Children Unit. Pugliese was identified as a teacher at Monarch Academy in Northeast Baltimore, according to police, and had also worked at the Compass Academy in Arbutus, a school for special-needs students. Bonnie Heneson, spokeswoman for the Monarch Academy, said Pugliese had started at the school as a special educator this year and had little exposure to children during his eight days on the job. “To our knowledge, absolutely nothing inappropriate happened at Monarch,” Heneson said. He was placed on administrative leave Friday. Pugliese was arrested Thursday, according to online court records, and was released on bail.