Francesco Santodonato, 39, arrested for possession of child pornography yesterday
(Huntington, NY) Suffolk County Police have released information in regards to an arrest made yesterday of a substitute teacher for possessing child pornography on his computer in West Babylon.
An investigation by detectives in the Computer Crimes Section led to evidence that Francesco Santodonato, a substitute physical education teacher in the Huntington School District was in possession of child pornography. A computer and other media were confiscated and a forensic examination revealed Santodonato possessed pictures and videos of child pornography. Santodonato was arrested at his home, on 13th St., at 4:26 p.m.
The investigation did not reveal there was physical contact between Santodonato and students.
Police are requesting parents speak with their children about possible inappropriate contact with Santodonato.
Santodonato, 39, was charged with two counts of Possession of a Sexual Performance of a Child, and three counts of Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child.
He was scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip today, July 26.
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