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AG: Teacher shared child porn from Lancaster home

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Lancaster man who worked as a teacher in Chester County has been charged with downloading and distributing child pornography over the Internet.

Joseph Fortunato, 60, was scheduled to turn himself in to authorities Wednesday, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said in a news release.

Fortunato, who was a teacher at Devon Preparatory School before he resigned Monday, was charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography, eight counts of distribution of child pornography, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

According to the criminal complaint, agents investigating the online sharing of child pornography found several files of interest available for download through a peer-to-peer network, and the computer's IP address was identified as serving Fortunato's home in Lancaster.

Agents searched Fortunato's home last week and seized a desktop computer and external hard drive which contained suspected child pornography, the complaint states.

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