Students at East Orange Campus High School in East Orange, NJ., thought of wrestling coach Justin Bozinta as “a nice guy” who made his students laugh, according to news reports.

But authorities believe there was another side to the 37-year-old after an exhaustive search for child pornography at his home in Roselle, N.J., led them to discover a “major indoor marijuana farm” in the residence, according to NJ.com. Authorities also removed seven handguns, four rifles, a shotgun and a homemade silencer from the longtime educator’s property. 

Bozinta, who also worked as a middle school teacher, was arrested Friday and accused of uploading child pornography to a social media account using a computer at a school facility, according to NJ.com.

During a court appearance on Friday, Bozinta broke down as a judge read out the charges, which could land him behind bars for as long as 20 years if he’s convicted, according to CBSNewYork.

Bozinta has been an employee of the East Orange School District since 2000, and records indicate that he earned $86,592 in 2013, according to NJ.com

“It’s appalling that a man entrusted with instructing and mentoring young students as a teacher and coach allegedly was dealing drugs and sexually exploiting children by viewing child pornography online,”state Attorney General John Hoffman told NJ.com.  “For a teacher to engage in those crimes, which drive so much harm and abuse of children, is a shocking betrayal.  Fortunately, we were able to uncover the dark side of Bozinta’s life and eliminate the danger he potentially posed to students.”

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Authorities began investigating Bozinta after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children informed them that illicit images had been uploaded to a Google Plus account from an IP address at a school district facility, according to NJ.com. The images were uploaded using an e-mail address that was eventually linked to Bozinta, the site reported. 

While executing a search warrant at Bozinta’s residence, investigators found several images of child pornography on an external computer hard drive, according to PolitickerNJ.

Investigators also found a sophisticated “grow room” at the residence that contained about 40 marijuana plants and packaging materials, according to the site.  The room was even “equipped with a special ventilation system, high-powered lights and chemicals to encourage plant growth,” PolitickerNJ reported.   

Bozinta’s charges are extensive, according to NJ.com:

Bozinta was charged with first-degree operating a marijuana production facility — which carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison — as well as possession with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, and possession within 500 feet of a public park, authorities said. He was also charged with possession of child pornography, possession of a weapon in the course of committing a drug offense, and possession of a prohibited device, in connection with the seized silencer, authorities said.

Peter Aseltine, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office, told CBSNewYork that although Bozinta is accused of having child pornography in his possession, he is not charged with producing it.

“We’re not making any allegation that students were involved, but obviously there is concern on behalf of the parents in the district and prosecutors to investigate further,” he said.

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