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South Huntington District Substitute Teacher Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography

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UPDATE: It is a South Huntington School District substitute teacher and not Huntington School District, as originally reported by the SCPD.

Suffolk County Police today arrested a substitute teacher for possessing child pornography on his computer in West Babylon.

An investigation by detectives in the Computer Crimes Section led to evidence that Francesco Santodonato, a substitute physical education teacher in the South Huntington School District was in possession of child pornography. A computer and other media were confiscated and a forensic examination revealed Santodonato possessed pictures and videos of child pornography. Santodonato was arrested at his home, on 13th Street at 4:26 p.m.

The investigation did not reveal there was physical contact between Santodonato and students.

Police are requesting parents speak with their children about possible inappropriate contact with Santodonato.

Santodonato, 39, was charged with two counts of Possession of a Sexual Performance of a Child, and three counts of Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child.

He will be held tonight at the 7th Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on July 26.

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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