Delaware County D.A. charges teacher with child porn

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Posted: August 06, 2010

David Devine, a first-grade teacher and operator of Camp Flying Hawk in Delaware County, strives to "create a one-of-a-kind summer experience for your children" and encourages parents to ask questions, he states on the camp's Web site.

Question: Why did police allegedly find 500 images of kiddie porno on your computers Wednesday night when they raided your house?

When Devine wasn't teaching at Penn Wood Elementary in West Chester or supervising children at his limited-enrollment camp, he was uploading and viewing sexually explicit videos and photos of young children, according to the criminal complaint filed yesterday.

Devine, 34, lives on 2nd Avenue near Evans Boulevard in Upper Providence - across the street from Rose Tree Elementary School.

Investigators searched his home after receiving a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The center said a person using a vulgar Yahoo ID had been uploading images of prepubescent boys. The account was traced back to Devine.

"Mr. Devine admitted to the possession of child pornography at that time," Delaware County District Attorney G. Michael Green said of Wednesday's search.

Green said his office had not received reports that Devine had sexually abused children, but the investigation is ongoing.

"We're also reaching out to any parent whose child may have had any kind of contact with Mr. Devine to touch base with us," he said.

Devine, who has worked in the West Chester Area School District since December 2008, was suspended from his teaching job following yesterday's arrest. District Superintendent Jim Scanlon said Devine had cleared state and federal background checks before he was hired.

"No infractions were reported in these clearances, and we have had no reports of any improper conduct by Mr. Devine during his employment with the district," Scanlon said in a statement. "In addition, the district's filtering software does not allow any access to pornographic Web sites from any of our school locations."

Green spokeswoman Erica Parham said it was unknown yesterday whether any of the pornographic images on Devine's personal computers were of kids who attended his camp or classes.

Devine did not immediately post bail, set at 10 percent of $250,000. If he does come up with the money, he must undergo a psychological evaluation before his release and is barred from having contact with minors.

Concerned parents or anyone with information about Devine should contact county detectives at 610-891-8746.

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