Federal officials have arrested a Houston ISD elementary school teacher and charged him with possession and distribution of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today.
Juan A. Villarreal, 52, a third-grade teacher at Anderson Elementary in Westbury, was taken into custody pending a September court hearing.
Prosecutors say an investigation showed Villarreal's home computer was being used to share child-porn stills and movies, and he was arrested this afternoon.
We've asked HISD for details on how long he's been employed by the district and his current status, but have not heard back. We'll update when we do. (He's been at HISD for 11 years, all of them at Anderson, and has been relieved of duty, HISD tells Hair Balls.)
Some of the disgusting stuff Villarreal is charged in connection with, according to the feds:
The undercover officer successfully downloaded one movie file in its entirety which allegedly depicts an adolescent female victim, approximately 13 to 15 years of age, and a prepubescent male victim, approximately 11 to 13 years of age. According to the complaint, the images included both victims masturbating. Later, the female victim is also shown performing oral sex on the prepubescent male.
The officer also partially downloaded two additional videos from the same computer. According to the complaint, the images displayed in this video depict a prepubescent female victim approximately 8-10 years of age in various states of undress but mostly nude. The images included male genetalia touching, or in close proximity to, the female victim's private area as well as the female performing oral sex on the adult male,
The closing credits say "starring 8 year old Tara," prosecutors allege.
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Villarreal faces a minimum of five and up to 20 years in prison along with a fine up to $250,000. He also faces a possible life term of post-prison supervised release.
Update: HISD has issued a statement.
Early in the morning on August 31, the Department of Homeland Security raided the home of a male teacher from Anderson Elementary School (5727 Ludington) and arrested him on suspected child pornography charges. Federal agencies traced the child pornography to his home computer through internet activity on a child pornography website. The teacher remains in federal custody and has been removed from his duties. Law enforcement officials are continuing their investigation.
At HISD the safety of all the students is top priority. The district takes these charges very seriously and will work closely with law enforcement agencies. Counselors are available at the school for students as needed and all parents have been notified of this incident.