Former Chantilly teacher convicted on child porn charges

A former special education teacher at a Chantilly elementary school was convicted on child pornography charges Thursday in federal court in Alexandria, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Robert Fenn, 27, of Herndon, had taught at Poplar Tree Elementary School and gave private music lessons to children in their homes, before he was arrested on related state charges in June 2012, the office said.

Fenn was convicted of one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, the office said. He faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Fenn was identified through an international initiative spearheaded by Italian law enforcement that investigated a Web site offering access to pornographic images and videos of children, the office said. Investigators obtained records showing Fenn had accessed the site.

Fenn admitted an interest in girls between the ages of 9 and 14.

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