Delco ex-principal charged with possessing child porn

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Posted: March 14, 2013

A former Delaware County middle-school principal has been charged with possessing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.

Troy Czukoski, 42, who was on leave from his post as principal at the Springton Lake Middle School in the Rose Tree Media School District, recently resigned, according to district officials.

A search warrant executed on Oct. 18 found two flash drives and 48 CDs and DVDs with more than 150 images of "children engaging in sexually explicit conduct" that had been "shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In an e-mailed statement, Joseph P. Green Jr., Czukoski's attorney, said his client was a survivor of childhood sex abuse. Czukoski, he said, suffered "aftereffects" as a result of the abuse and is receiving psychiatric treatment.

"He has agreed to plead guilty to possessing images that he has learned are prohibited, and he accepts responsibility for possessing these images," Green said in the statement.

In October, Superintendent James Wigo Sr. said the district received a call from the U.S. Postal Service alerting it to a federal investigation. At the time, the school did not have any information on the nature of any allegations, he said.

"There is no evidence that Dr. Czukoski ever mistreated any of our children. For this we are all relieved and thankful," said Wigo in statement e-mailed Tuesday.

The maximum prison term that Czukoski, of Exton, Chester County, could receive would be 10 years.


Contact Mari A. Schaefer at 610-313-8111, mschaefer@phillynews.com or @MariSchaefer on Twitter.

Inquirer staff writer John P. Martin contributed to this article.

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