ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A former teacher at Poplar Tree Elementary School in Chantilly, Va. was convicted by a federal jury today, officials said.
Robert Fenn, 27, of Herndon, Va., was convicted by a federal jury today of receiving and possessing child pornography. He was a special education teacher at Poplar Tree Elementary School in Chantilly, Va., prior to his arrest on related state charges in June 2012, according to officials.
"Fenn was convicted of one count of receipt of child pornography, which carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison; and one count of possession of child pornography, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Fenn was taken into custody following his conviction and will remain in custody pending his sentencing, which is scheduled for June 21, 2013," it said in the press release.
Fenn taught special education at the school and gave private music lessons to children in their homes. He admitted an interest in girls between the ages of nine and 14, which corresponded to the ages of the victims of child pornography found on his computers and external hard drives.
Officials in the press release say, "Fenn was identified through an international initiative originated with Italian law enforcement that investigated a website offering access to child pornographic images and/or video files identified by the domain name "liberalmorality.com."The website was hosted in the United States and HSI obtained Internet records showing each Internet account that accessed the website and the specific images each account accessed."