Former Chantilly special ed teacher sentenced to 10 years on child porn charges

June 21, 2013

A former special education teacher at Poplar Tree Elementary School in Chantilly was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for receiving and possessing child pornography, authorities said.

Prosecutors said in court filings that Robert Fenn, 27, of Herndon had more than 1,300 child porn pictures and more than 170 videos on various computer devices that federal agents seized and searched. He was indicted in December for receipt and possession of child pornography, and a jury convicted him of both counts in April.

Investigators were first tipped off to Fenn by Italian authorities, who were investigating a child porn Web site that he accessed. Though court filings say that Fenn admitted “he has an age preference of 9-14 year old girls,” defense attorneys wrote that none of the images seized by federal agents were of students at his school or children he knew.

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