April 30, 2013

Los Angeles: Teacher accused of ordering child porn to face judge today

A former fifth-grade teacher at a Sun Valley elementary school was due in court today to be arraigned on a charge of possessing child pornography.

Douglas Randolph Collins was scheduled to enter a plea in Los Angeles Superior Court to one felony count of possession of matter depicting a minor in sexual conduct, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Collins taught fifth-grade at Fernangeles Elementary School but was removed from the classroom in October when the allegations first came to light, according to the Los Angeles Unified School District.

He was arrested at the Van Nuys Educational Service Center, where he was assigned after being removed from classes.

The suspect was placed on compulsory leave Tuesday, and the district’s board will consider a recommendation for his dismissal at a meeting May 14 or as soon as reasonably possible, according to a LAUSD spokeswoman.

According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the 46-year-old Valencia man allegedly ordered child pornography online and received it through the mail.

Fernangeles parents were notified about the arrest through a letter and telephone calls, according to the LAUSD.

Collins began his LAUSD career at Fernangeles in 1997.

Crisis counselors will be at the school today, according to the district.

The charge does not involve any students at the school, officials said.

“Parents and guardians entrust their children to LAUSD, and we must take every precaution to ensure their safety at our schools,” LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said. “No teacher or employee interested in child pornography belongs in the district.”

Collins was jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail.

By City News Service, on April 24, 2013, at 9:11 am

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