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Penn Yan CSD responds after former sub teacher pleads guilty to possessing child porn

District says it knew little, as investigation into former sub teacher unfolded

– Update: Wednesday, 7 a.m.

On Tuesday, a former substitute teacher in the Penn Yan Central School District pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

Later that day, after news reports began circulating around the Finger Lakes – District Superintendent Howard Dennis weighed-in, releasing a statement.

In that statement, he contends that the District knew very little about the investigation, but the mere presence of an investigation meant that they couldn’t say much publicly.

Until yesterday.

“Last February, the District was made aware of a law enforcement investigation regarding a substitute teacher,” Dennis said in the statement. He says the District took immediate action, and terminated Jeffrey Maciejewski, a 26-year-old said to be residing in Penn Yan.

Maciejewski had more than 600 images and videos of child pornography, according to prosecutors. This week he pleaded guilty to the charge of possessing child pornography.

Prosecutors say that in the investigation, which started in Los Angeles – involved the use of social networking websites to trade child pornography between several parties.

Superintendent Dennis outlined the district’s response in a lengthy statement sent to parents. “As soon as we became aware, the District worked directly with law enforcement to support their investigation, and immediately terminated the use of the substitute from the District,” he explained. “As this was an ongoing law enforcement investigation, the District was not allowed to comment and we were unaware that charges would be filed. If we had known, we would have shared the appropriate information with you accordingly.”

He says there was no indication that any inappropriate actions occurred on school grounds or involved Penn Yan students. “Please be assured that your child’s safety is our top priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please reach out to the District Office,” Dennis concluded.


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