Saturday, August 31, 2013

Chan Falls Off Balance Beam

"Newton teacher pleads not guilty to child porn charges" by Brian Ballou and Evan Allen |  Globe Staff, August 30, 2013

NEWTON — Inside the modest Waltham Street home he shared with his wife and two sons, middle school math teacher and high school coach Steven Chan collected thousands of sexually explicit videos and pictures from the Internet of underage girls, according to authorities.

On Friday, Chan, 57, was in Newton District Court holding his hands over his face. He pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing and disseminating child pornography as his family sat in the courtroom and watched his arraignment.

“Mr. Chan admitted that he had observed child pornography on his computer, involving children as young as 4 years old,’’ said assistant prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.

School and city officials said they were shocked by the allegations. Chan, they said, was a dedicated teacher and gymnastics coach, with nothing in his personnel file or interactions with staff or students that hinted at darkness. He taught math at F.A. Day School and coached gymnastics at Newton North High School.

The arrest comes after David Ettlinger, a former teacher at the Underwood Elementary School in Newton, was sentenced early this year to 45 years in jail for his role in an online child pornography ring. Ettlinger was arrested in January 2012, the same month that 47-year-old Peter Buchanan, a city employee who had worked part time in the Newton Library’s audio visual section, was arrested for possession and distribution of child pornography in an unrelated case....


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