Ex-teacher pleads guilty to child pornography charges

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former Massachusetts middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to charges he tried to buy child pornography from the Philippines online.

Fifty-four-year-old Scott Peeler entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Worcester to three counts of attempting to entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual conduct and one count of possession of child pornography.

The former Southbridge Middle School teacher faces up to 15 years in prison when he’s sentenced Feb. 28.

Prosecutors say that between April 2013 and July 2014, Peeler used online instant messaging services to communicate with individuals in the Philippines who were involved in child sex trafficking and the sale of live streaming sex shows involving children.

Peeler was arrested in June 2015.

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