Robert Burke, the principal of Sageville Elementary School in Iowa, is being further investigated after being charged with receiving child pornography and admitting to placing a camera in the school’s restroom.
The investigation began in April when an FBI agent traced downloaded images of child pornography back to Burke’s (age 43) residence. This enabled law officials to gain a search warrant at his home. They found pictures of boys between the ages of 8 and 10 engaging in sexual activity. They also seized his computer for further investigations.
After the raid of his home, Burke addmited in an interview that he had placed a camera in the school’s boys’ restroom (unrelated to the child pornography he has been downloading since January).
“He stated the camera had produced video images of students who were using the bathroom,” the complaint said, adding Burke denied ever having touched children in a sexual manner.
Burke was expected to make his initial court appearance Friday in U.S. District Court in Cedar. The charge he’s facing carries a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years.
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