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Jul 29, 2011 6:53 PM

4th grade teacher arrested for child porn

TUCSON - A 4th grade teacher at Van Buskrik Elementary school, in Tucson, turned himself into detectives at the Tucson Police Department Friday.

According to a press release, Joseph Chanecka, 44, was wanted in connection with a child pornography investigation.

In May 2011, detectives in the Internet Crimes Against Children got a report that Chanecka had images of child porn on his home computer.

Detectives followed the report and served search warrants at Chanecka's home and Van Buskirk Elementary.

According to the release, detectives recovered thousands of images depicting suspected child pornography.

Chanecka, who was believed to have left the country for several weeks during the investigation, surrendered himself to detectives Friday morning without incident.

He was charged with one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, and was booked into the Pima County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives anticipate filing additional charges.

The Tucson Police Department urges anyone with information about this case to contact 911 or 88-CRIME.

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