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Levittown Teacher Pleads Guilty to Child Porn


A former Levittown middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to trafficking in child pornography.

Richard Hartig, of Lindenhurst, admitted in court on Wednesday to sending a computer file containing photographs of children involved in sexual activity to an undercover federal agent.

He had been arrested in July, 2009.


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Hartig’s lawyer says the former Island Trees schoolteacher had resigned, was repentant, and is undergoing treatment for his interest in child pornography.

The 43-year-old faces a sentence of 5 to 20 years in prison, but may get a lesser sentence due to his cooperation that led to the arrest of two people in California for child molestation. 

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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