A middle school teacher and coach was arrested after he met with an undercover agent in his Covina classroom allegedly with the intent to watch child pornography together, authorities announced Thursday.
John David Boyle, 49, allegedly spoke online with an undercover agent who he believed shared his sexual interest in “young boys,” Thom Mrozek, spokesman for a U.S. Attorney in California, said in a news release.
“Boyle set up an in-person meeting with the undercover agent in his classroom at the school on (June 2) believing that the purpose of the meeting was to engage in sexual activity while watching child pornography together,” Mrozek said.
The undercover agent met Boyle in his classroom Sunday at Royal Oak Middle School, where he offered the teacher child pornography. When Boyle took possession of it, other agents entered the room.
Boyle was not arrested at the time, but he did give investigators permission to take over several of his online accounts, including the email address JuniorHighCoach@yahoo.com
That email address, investigators said, was allegedly used to distribute child pornography. Investigators said they found evidence in Boyle’s Skype account that he may have made sexual contact with minors.
A search of Boyle’s computers uncovered videos depicting child pornography, Mrozek said.
After combing through Boyle’s digital footprint from Sunday to Tuesday, authorities arrested the Covina educator Wednesday morning.
Boyle, pictured at left, was a football coach and taught English at Royal Oak Middle School. Classes were dismissed for the summer May 31.
"Fortunately so far we have had no indication to believe that any of our students have been victimized," said Mike Hendricks, Superintendent of the Charter Oak School District on Friday.
The distrcit reports that Boyle was so popular with students, he was chosen to be the commencement speaker at the school's recent graduation.
If convicted of distributing child pornography, Boyle could face between five and 20 years in federal prison.
Authorities believe there may be unknown victims of child molestation by Boyle. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call 1-866-DHS-2ICE.
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