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Teacher's sister speaks about allegations of sexual exploitation

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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

In the wake of the arrest of her brother, and Chambersburg Area Senior High School teacher Jeffrey Schmutzler, Jenny Schmutzler is speaking out, and offering an apology.

In a statement, she wrote, "To all those hurt and affected by the acts of my brother, my family sends our deepest apologies.  We are beyond saddened by the choices one of our family members has made and have wished every day we had seen something to get him help so this had never happened."

Prosecutors allege Jeffrey Schmutzler photshopped images of his students onto pornographic images.  They also allege he received and distributed material involving the sexual exploitation of children. However, yesterday the U.S. Attorney's Office said, "there is no evidence that Mr. Schmutzler distributed the images that were allegedly Photoshopped."

The allegations have cut the high school's community deep. It's a community Jenny Schmutzler knows well.  She too teaches at the high school. 

She wrote, "Words cannot express our sympathies to the victims of my brother's crimes.  May God give you all peace and healing."

Her words come at a time that there are many questions by community members about Schmutzler's alleged actions.  District officials said they, along with the U.S. Department of Justice, will hold an information session for parents next Tuesday at 7 p.m. inside the high school auditorium.

According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice, at this point in the investigation, there is no evidence that any female students were involved or that there was any unlawful physical contact with any students.

Anyone with information related to this matter is asked to call United States Postal Inspector Michael Corricelli at 717-257-5581.

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