1st Grade Teacher Re-Arrested on Child Porn Charges (Sam Spital)

COMMENTARY BY SAN DIEGO CRIMINAL ATTORNEY SAM SPITAL:

¬†“Internet sex crimes against children are escalating and parents need to be vigilant to avoid what has¬†become¬†a despicable and outrageous scourge in modern society. Clearly, the solution is not to remove computers from children. Even using available tools to restrict access on individual computers is not a¬†full-proof¬†solution because the internet can be accessed at countless places and in locations otherwise unknown by a parent. Open, regular and¬†continuous¬†communications between parents and children continues to be the most valuable approach¬†advocated¬†by most counselors, teachers and experts. The goal is not to cross the boundary to become a friend rather than a parent, but certainly to build and maintain love and respect, as well as establishing proper ethics and morals.

On December 6, 2012, a 41 year old first grade elementary school teacher in Chula Vista, a city in San Diego, was arrested on suspicion of 11 counts of lewd and¬†lascivious¬†acts on children under the age of 14. One of the charges is molesting a young boy. Apparently, the suspect posed as a 13 year old girl who used a web site named ‚ÄėMeetMe‚Äô and has utilized other similar web sites to lure young boys to disrobe during webcam communications. The story contained no¬†reference¬†to possible exculpatory evidence (facts that would be favorable to the defense), remorse and/or mitigation, all of which may¬†likely¬†be presented by defense counsel on behalf of the suspect.

This has allegedly taken place while charges are already pending on possessing child pornography.Bail has been set for¬†approximately¬†$1 million.”