Former teacher charged with distributing child porn

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — A former teacher at the Elmira Christian Academy School is facing serious charges of distributing child pornography.

Federal officials say they’re bringing charges against 37-year-old Howard E. Brooks after a police investigation uncovered a community of people who sent and received child porn over the internet. Police say Brooks took part in the community, something they learned after recovering three USB drives from plumbing after Brooks allegedly flushed them down the toilet.

Investigators say they were able to recover images from the drives, learning they contained child porn. That information allowed federal prosecutors to charge Brooks with possession and distribution of child pornography — charges that could land him behind bars for up to 20 years with a fine of up to $250,000.

Brooks will return to court on Oct. 2 to continue his case. A judge allowed him to remain free on certain conditions.

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