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Feds hold meetings with Chambersburg teachers, parents

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Federal investigators hosted two rounds of meetings at Chambersburg Area Senior High School's auditorium Tuesday; one for teachers, the other for parents.  The goal was to share information about the recent arrest of high school Spanish teacher Jeffrey Schmutzler.

Students, like high school Junior Nathan Prohonic, were also in attendance. Prohonic said Schmutzler was his Spanish teacher and one of his favorite educators.

"I was kind of stunned for the whole situation," Prohonic said. "I didn't know what to think, what to say, how to react."

Tuesday night, Prohonic wasn't worried about studying for any tests or finishing any school projects. However, he was worried about whether or not he was one of Schmutzler's alleged victims.

Federal prosecutors said Schmutzler took pictures of some of his male students and imposed their faces over pornographic images.

On Tuesday, federal officials informed parents that there is no evidence that any female students were involved or that there was any unlawful physical contact with minors.

Additionally, one investigator told parents they have not found any illegal images on Schmutzler's work computer.

Investigators do not believe the material was distributed, claiming that this was something Schmutzler did in private. They said he kept the images offline.

They could not comment on the amount of time they believe Schmutzler was allegedly committing the crimes, but said they have found some pictures of graduates.

They have contacted potential victims and said they will continue to do so as they sort through evidence.

They are still searching through the images, officials said.

Members of the Keystone Crisis Intervention Team were on hand and will continue to provide assistance to those affected.

After the meeting, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Eric Michael said the district will continue to help the community heal.

Schmutzler has officially resigned from his position, according to district officials.

He remains behind bars.

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