A Queens middle school teacher has been charged with child pornography after he allegedly used the Paypal-owned app, Venmo to purchase the pornography and to download and trade it.
Eric Paulino made his initial appearance on Tuesday afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge James Orenstein in federal court in Brooklyn, and was released on a $250,000 bond.
“Paulino, while employed in a position of trust as a New York City school teacher, purchased child pornography on the Internet, contributing to the abuse and victimization of children,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “Prosecuting those who feed the market for child pornography, whether producers or consumers, will always be a priority of this Office and our law enforcement partners.”
“Teachers are trusted by parents to protect and educate their children, which makes the thought of a teacher allegedly downloading illegal child pornography all that more disturbing,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney. “The FBI New York Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force works every day to stop predators from exploiting children, and further victimizing those exposed to hands on offenders who create images shared on the internet.”
On Tuesday, during a court-authorized search of Paulino’s residence, the defendant admitted to downloading and trading child pornography on his mobile phone. He then provided FBI special agents with his iPhone and the password for the device. The search phone revealed numerous images and videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
“We’re reassigning this teacher away from the classroom because of this deeply disturbing allegation. He will not have any interaction with students," Department of Education spokeswoman Danielle Filson said per New York Daily News.