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Teacher charged with child porn

Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

MAYWOOD (AP) – Bond has been set at $250,000 for a suburban Chicago preschool teacher facing felony child pornography charges.

In a statement, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez says Richard Gertler of Oak Park appeared in court Thursday. The 34-year-old is charged with dissemination and possession of child pornography.

Alvarez says Berwyn police began an investigation after receiving information that Gertler was making child pornography available online through a file-sharing program. She says a search of his laptop turned up more than 300 pornographic images of children.

Alvarez says police also found about 25 printed images.

She says Gertler was recently hired as a teacher at a preschool in Chicago’s western suburbs.

A telephone listing for Gertler could not be located, and it’s unclear if he has an attorney.

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