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Feds: NYC guidance counselor pleads guilty to child porn

A New York City school guidance counselor from Valley Stream faces 5-to-20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to interstate transport of child pornography, authorities said.

John Capuano, 43, was arrested last year following an investigation launched by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations team after officials said they found child pornography images and videos “involving children as young as 3-5 years old which had been posted by Capuano to a chat room in a publicly available Internet application.”

After tracing the location information to the account used to post the images, authorities said a search warrant was executed at Capuano’s home last May 28 — and during that search he “admitted that he used” the Internet application to trade child pornography and had posted the images in question. He also “identified his personal telephone and his work telephone as a teacher’s union representative” as the devices he used to access the materials.

Authorities said Capuano pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary R. Brown in Central Islip. The plea was announced by Eastern District U.S. Attorney Robert L. Capers.

“Protecting the vulnerable, particularly children, is a priority for law enforcement and this office,” Capers said in a statement. “This crime was particularly egregious in that Capuano was a school guidance counselor entrusted with ensuring the safety and well-being of children while he at the same time was victimizing them by distributing images of child pornography.”

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