Federal prosecutors say a Chambersburg High School teacher took pictures of his students and superimposed their faces over pornographic images.
Jeffrey Schmutzler, of Fayettesville, was arrested Thursday for the distribution and receipt of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
In federal court today, prosecutors said that Schmutzler would download child porn and then Photoshop the faces of Chambersburg students over the porn. They say he also wrote fake fantasies stories from the student's perspectives.
The Chambersburg High School Spanish teacher waived his preliminary hearing. The issue will now go before a grand jury. He is facing 5-20 years in prison and is being held by U.S. Marshals on $60,000 secured bail.
His parents, who own a local ice cream shop, said they plan to take him into their custody as soon as they come up with the money.
The judge said Schmutzler is not allowed anywhere near the shop.
In a statement, Chambersburg Area School District officials said only that an employee of the district was taken into custody at his home by federal postal inspectors.
"We are certainly deeply upset about this incident and we are taking measures to keep our students and staff safe," the statement concluded.
Parents who spoke with abc27 said the school district has not notified them of the charges against Schmutzler.
Prosecutors said Schmutzler's home computer had four times the storage of a normal computer. They say the hard drives were filled with pornographic images. They also say he had two life-sized silicone dolls.
U.S. Attorney Peter Smith said the case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Pennsylvania State Police.
He asked anyone with information to contact U.S. Postal Inspector Michael Corricelli at 717-257-5581.
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