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San Diego school counselor pleads guilty to keeping child pornography

March 10, 2011 | 12:06 pm

A San Diego elementary school counselor has pleaded guilty to two federal  charges of keeping images on computers showing children in sexually explicit conduct, the U.S. attorney announced.

Thomas Henry Ceglarek, 53, also pleaded guilty to perjury for submitting an affidavit last year seeking a government-paid defense counsel by saying he had no income for the previous year.

In fact, Ceglarek, who has been on administrative leave from Stephen Foster Elementary School since the investigation began in in 2008, was receiving $70,000-a-year salary from the school district, according to court documents.

Ceglarek is set to be sentenced May 24 by District Judge M. James Lorenz.

The computers were not on school property and no children from the school were shown on the images, prosecutors said. Ceglarek was discovered by a law enforcement task force that monitors online pedophile chat sites.


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