Special education teacher charged with possession of child porn

FALL RIVER, MA (WHDH) - A special education teacher at a middle school in Fall River was arrested Thursday on child pornography charges, authorities said.

Henry Tedeschi, 54, of West Warwick, Rhode Island, is accused of possessing child pornography in his email account.

Authorities said the Morton Middle School teacher was taken into custody when investigators executed a court-authorized search warrant at his home on Bratt Lane. They seized eight pieces of “digital media” for analysis.

In addition to being a special education teacher in Fall River, Tedeschi has worked in both the Massachusetts and Rhode Island school systems for about 30 years, authorities said.

Residents in the community were taken back and upset by the news.

“It kind of scared me right off the bat,” said Dorene Gagne. “I don’t like it one bit.”

Police said there was no immediate evidence linking Tedeschi to inappropriate conduct with students at the school.

Tedeschi was arraigned Thursday afternoon and released on $15,000 personal recognizance. A judge ordered him to stay off the internet and away from minors.

“It’s just completely horrible. It’s disgusting. I can’t fathom that at all,” Melanie Gonyon said.

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