Suffolk teacher indicted on child porn charges

Christopher Teague, a math teacher in the Longwood school district, was arraigned Thursday in First District Court in Central Islip. Videojournalist: Network News LI (Aug. 30, 2012)

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A Middle Island junior high school math teacher who Suffolk prosecutors said emailed child pornography and possessed images of minors engaged in "lewd, explicit" sexual conduct, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a 20-count indictment.

Christopher Teague, 34, of Coram is charged with seven counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child and numerous other child pornography charges. He was arrested Aug. 30 at his home. Suffolk County Court Judge Barbara Kahn allowed him to remain free on the $25,000 bail he posted after that arrest.

The Longwood School District placed Teague on administrative leave and said he was removed from classroom duties at Longwood Junior High School in Middle Island, pending the outcome of his case. He had taught there for 12 years.

Suffolk police Det. Sgt. John W. Sumwalt, commander of the Computer Crimes Unit, last month told Newsday there is no indication Teague had inappropriate involvement with students -- or accessed child pornography at the school.

But police investigators said a preliminary examination of computers and devices used to store photographs and video seized from Teague's home found images of "prepubescent" children engaged in sexual contact and conduct.

The district attorney's office said Teague's arrest followed a lead from the New York State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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