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Cumberland Co. teacher faces child porn charges

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ENOLA, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Cumberland County middle school teacher was arrested on child pornography charges Monday morning.

Officials conducting an online investigation found a number of files containing explicit images of minors engaged in sexually graphic acts and poses, including a file named "Preteen Boys Pedo Gay."

According to investigators, the files were being made publicly available for download from a computer reportedly belonging to 29-year-old Craig Cohen, a teacher at East Pennsboro Area School District Middle School.

East Pennsboro parent Steve Deibler said his daughter was one of Cohen's students.

"I am a little concerned, but I trust my daughter. She never mentioned anything, never said anything was odd," Deibler said.

During a search of Cohen's home, police seized a desktop computer, a laptop, an external hard drive and various other electronic media.

The Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit examined the items and found numerous files containing suspected child pornography.

Cohen was arrested Monday morning and charged with four counts of dissemination of child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

He was preliminarily arraigned and placed in the Cumberland County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 3, 2014 at 9 a.m.

The East Pennsboro Area School District released the following statement regarding the arrest:

"There was an incident today involving an East Pennsboro Area School District Middle School teacher and the attorney general's office. The District is cooperating fully with the investigation. All appropriate actions have been taken at this time. As a school district, we are not permitted to discuss any personnel information, as such, please understand that we are not able to comment further on this situation at this time."

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