New York City public school teacher arrested on child pornography charges

BRONX, New York City (WABC) -- A New York City public school teacher is under arrest and facing federal child pornography charges.

Authorities say Jonathan Schweitzer was taken into custody at his home in the Bronx on Wednesday morning.

The 41-year-old Schweitzer is a teacher at Belmont Preparatory High School, where he has worked since 2007.

Federal law enforcement allegedly encountered Schweitzer swapping child porn videos during an investigation of the dark web. They say between February 2019 and March 2019 he shared approximately 10 videos.

They say the videos were mostly boys involved in sex acts with men and each another.

The teacher allegedly kept the videos on his home computer and his laptop.

He is charged with possession of receipt and distribution of child pornography.

"This individual allegedly violated his professional trust as a teacher to commit one of the most heinous crimes imaginable," Police Commissioner James O'Neill said.

The Department of Education released the following statement:

"These are incredibly disturbing and saddening allegations, and Mr. Schweitzer was immediately removed from the classroom away from students. We will remove him from payroll and seek to fire him as soon as legally possible."



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