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FBI probes colleagues of teacher's aide who allegedly made child porn

P.S. 243

P.S. 243 Credit: P.S. 243 (Department of Education)

FBI investigators scoured through a Bedford-Stuyvesant elementary school Wednesday as they searched for details about a teacher's aide who allegedly took videos of him inappropriately touching children in a classroom.

Taleek Brooks, 40, was re-arrested Monday night after investigators found videos on his seized computer equipment that showed that he had not only collected more than 1,000 files depicting child pornography -- as the FBI originally thought -- but that he had also been producing videos of him molesting and spanking young naked kids.

Investigators arrived at P.S. 243 - known as the Weeksville School - Wednesday morning, where they met with Chancellor Dennis Walcott. They then interviewed staffers at the school, where Brooks worked since 1995.

Officials said they are still investigating if the children in the videos allegedly found on Brooks' computer were current or former students, and would not confirm if they had identified them. The FBI said it would not be interviewing any children without contacting their parents first.

In a letter sent to parents Wednesday (see below), Walcott said details of the FBI's conversations would not be disclosed, per the agency's request.

"We know that as parents, there are many unanswered questions you may have," he wrote. "But in order to bring justice it is important that we let law enforcement do their jobs and complete their investigation."

Brooks allegedly admitted to downloading and trading files for seven years, according to court documents, and is being held without bail. His lawyer did not return calls for comment.

If convicted, Brooks faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of producing child pornography.

 

PS 243 Parent Letter 02082012

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