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CHILD PORN CASE SHOCKS PARENTS TEACHER'S ARREST DISRUPTS SCHOOL LIFE.



Byline: Orith Goldberg and David R. Baker Staff Writers

PANORAMA CITY - News that a Canyon Country man who teaches elementary school elementary school: see school.  faces child pornography Child pornography is the visual representation of minors under the age of 18 engaged in sexual activity or the visual representation of minors engaging in lewd or erotic behavior designed to arouse the viewer's sexual interest.  charges drew about 70 parents to the campus Friday, worried about what to tell their children.

Parents met for about 2 1/2 hours with Liggett Elementary School Principal David Sanchez to discuss the case of teacher Paul Kreutzer kreu·zer or kreut·zer  
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erotica, porn, porno, pornography, smut - creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.
 from the Internet.

The four-year teacher also is a former president of the Santa Clarita Valley The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672.  Historical Society, credited with restoring his community's historic buildings at the picturesque Heritage Junction in Newhall.

Kreutzer has denied the accusations, while his lawyer has declined to comment. Kreutzer is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 5.

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 Sanchez, Kreutzer has been a good teacher, strict and demanding, a man who has mostly kept to himself.

The 61-year-old Kreutzer has been placed on unpaid compulsory leave while his case is pending and will not be returning to the elementary school as a teacher, Sanchez said.

At school Friday, Sanchez told parents that a crisis team, including the school nurse, a district crisis intervention crisis intervention Psychiatry The counseling of a person suffering from a stressful life event–eg, AIDS, cancer, death, divorce, by providing mental and moral support. See Hotline.  official and a representative from the district's mental health office, would be at the students' disposal, answering their questions that afternoon.

Sanchez said that so far, students have handled the news well. Many have heard details from their parents, he said.

``They're doing really well,'' Sanchez said. ``I'm not having any problems with trauma.''

He described Kreutzer as a committed teacher. ``He's well-liked by a lot of the parents,'' Sanchez said. ``He was very dedicated with what he was trying to do. He stayed late and worked hard.''

``We hope it's not true,'' he added. ``For anyone in this situation, we'd hope it's not true.''

While the arrest has seemingly thrown parents and school officials a curveball, it has been utterly devastating dev·as·tate  
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 for Kreutzer, his attorney, Richard Schwab, said Friday.

``Being a person who has always been respected, to be the object of these inflammatory allegations is very distressing,'' Schwab said.

Kreutzer has worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Unified School District (the "LAUSD") is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population.  since 1986, when he took a position as a teacher at Vena Avenue Elementary School in Arleta.

He moved on to Sunland Elementary School in 1991, and transferred to Liggett in 1996, said district spokeswoman Hilda Ramirez.

Ramirez said the matter is now up to the courts to decide, adding that if Kreutzer is exonerated, district officials will evaluate the case and decide on the teacher's standing with the district.

Sanchez said the teacher's arrest shocked staffers at the elementary school.

``You'd never think about it, but when it happens, you say, wow, I didn't think about that,'' Sanchez said.

On Thursday, Sanchez received a call from FBI agents requesting a meeting with him. Sanchez met with the officials on campus about 11:45 a.m.

About 20 minutes later, as students were gearing up to go to lunch, Kreutzer was escorted to the parking lot area and arrested, Sanchez said.

Authorities found Kreutzer by tracing the Internet addresses There are two kinds of addresses that are widely used on the Internet. One is a person's e-mail address, and the other is the address of a Web site, which is known as a URL. Following is an explanation of Internet e-mail addresses only. For more on URLs, see URL and Internet domain name.  of individuals who had logged on to the site, created by a Dutch company.

Upon review of computer disks seized Feb. 11 from Kreutzer's residence at a mobile-home park on Soledad Canyon Soledad Canyon is a long narrow canyon / valley located in Los Angeles County, California between the cities of Palmdale and Santa Clarita. Soledad Canyon contains the localities of Vincent, Acton, Ravenna, and Agua Dulce.  Road, 30 images of what appeared to be children engaged in sexually explicit acts were reportedly discovered.

Agents confirmed that at least eight of those images were identified as those of children, as opposed to adults who look like children or computer-generated images manipulated to look like children, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.
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