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Carson elementary school teacher charged with possession of child pornography

December 7, 2010 |  8:10 pm

A 53-year-old Carson elementary school teacher accused of posting and distributing child pornography is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Last month, authorities with a Los Angeles Police Department division that specializes in Internet crimes against children obtained a search warrant for Silvestre Ela’s residence in the 1100 block of Dimondale Drive.

Ela, a fifth-grade teacher at L.A. Unified's Dominguez Elementary was at home when the warrant was served. He denied victimizing any children but admitted to viewing and downloading images of child pornography, according to the LAPD. Several computers and DVDs were taken into custody.

Ela faces one count of possession of child pornography and one count of child pornography. He posted bail the day he was arrested and is on unpaid leave, an L.A. Unified spokeswoman said.

Authorities are investigating whether Ela personally created any of the child pornography images and are asking the public for help in identifying children who may have had inappropriate contact with the teacher.

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call LAPD detectives at (562) 624-4027. Anonymous tipsters may call (800) 222-8477.

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