Ex-teacher gets 9 years for child pornography

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A former teacher at Chambersburg High School will spend nine years in prison for possessing child pornography he digitally altered to include the faces of students.

Jeffrey Schmutzler, 43, of Fayetteville, was sentenced Thursday to 108 months in prison, 10 years of supervised release and a $15,000 fine, according to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith.

Schmutzler pleaded guilty to possession and receipt of child pornography last year.

Investigators found several thousand videos and images of child pornography during a search of Schmutzler’s home in March 2013, including 1,425 images he created by using existing pornographic images and the cropped images of 136 students at the high school, Smith said.

He resigned from his job as a Spanish teacher after the charges were filed.

Prosecutors previously said there was no evidence that Schmutzler had any unlawful contact with any of the male students, and no evidence he distributed any of the images he created.

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