Bal­ti­more teacher charged in child porn case

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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.

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