Teacher targeted students for child porn

Feb. 7, 2012 at 3:42 PM
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BUFFALO, N.Y., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A substitute teacher near Buffalo, N.Y., who admitted asking students for explicit photos of themselves faces life in prison, prosecutors said.

Timothy Bek, 25, a substitute English teacher at West Seneca West High School in West Seneca, N.Y., and his brother, Jason, 30, were arrested last June after the FBI discovered Bek's false Facebook identity as a teenage girl, which he used to lure boys into sending him photographs, the Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported.

Bek admitted Monday, as part of a plea agreement, to the Facebook scam, five counts of producing child pornography and a single count of child pornography, prosecutors said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura O'Donnell said more than 600 child porn images were found on his home computer.

"He was a teacher at the school of four of his victims. That's how he identified his victims." O'Donnell said Monday.

Prosecutors say FBI investigators arrested Bek at his home on the night he planned to meet with a 13-year-old boy, arranged after numerous Internet communications with an undercover officer, the newspaper reported.

Jason Bek pleaded guilty to similar charges in December. He faces more than 19 years in prison as part of a plea agreement. Sentencing in both cases is scheduled for May.

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