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Former LI Catholic School Teacher Arrested On Child Porn Charges

Published on January 14, 2013 · Filed Under Crime 


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Thomas Bouklas, 64, booked after computers, hard drives seized at his home.

bouklas.jpg(Long Island, N.Y.) A former teacher from a Long Island Catholic school was arrested Friday for the alleged possession of child pornography on his computer, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.

Thomas Bouklas, 64, a retired teacher and former soccer coach at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School of West Islip, has been charged with possessing a sexual performance of a child. The arrest came after an investigation by Computer Crimes Detectives, police said.

As per a statement released by Suffolk Police, a warrant was served at Bouklas’ Holbrook home on Arnold Street, and that officials confiscated computers, hard drives, and “assorted media.” After being taken into custody, Bouklas was booked at the Seventh Precinct and then moved to Central Islip, the location of the First District Court.

Arshad Majid, Bouklas’ attorney, was quoted as saying that his client surrendered to police voluntarily; the whole incident is a misunderstanding; that the charges only concern one solitary image.

Bouklas taught at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School from 1969 to when he retired in 2006, although he has continued in the capacity of assistant coach of the St. John’s girls soccer team; however, those duties have been “terminated pending the outcome of the investigation,” according to a statement released by the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

This is a developing news story. NewsLI.com will report more on this matter as more information comes to light.


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