NY ex-teacher sentenced in child porn case

June 27, 2011 6:43:40 PM PDT
A federal judge in New York has sentenced a former teacher and summer camp counselor to six-and-a-half years in prison for viewing child pornography on his home computer.

Judge Kevin Duffy in Manhattan ordered the sentence Monday for 29-year-old John Thomas. Thomas apologized for his crime, saying he was not a monster or a predator. Duffy disagreed, saying he was "in fact a monster" but that he hid it from those close to him.

The Manhattan resident had pleaded guilty in April. Thomas taught fourth and fifth grade students and worked as a summer day camp counselor for the last 13 years. Duffy said the length of the sentence would have been far longer if there was any evidence that he had ever abused a child.