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Dover music teacher arrested for child porn meets bail, released from prison

Updated: Wednesday, March 5 2014, 04:16 PM CST
Posted by: Nate Wardle

(Updated March 5 at 5:15 p.m.)

DOVER -- A Dover Area School District music teacher has been arrested and charged with more than 660 counts of child pornography, according to police.

Around 1 p.m. Thursday, Northern York County Regional Police arrested Matthew B. Puterbaugh, 46, of 1000 Conewago Road in Dover Township.

Puterbaugh was charged with 661 counts of possessing child pornography and one count of possessing instruments of crime.

Puterbaugh posted bail on March 3 and was released from prison.

Police say a 12-year-old female student of the Dover Intermediate School told school officials that Puterbaugh allegedly touched her inappropriately on February 19th.

Police say the girl told police that Puterbaugh leaned over to her to explain something during her Music Tech class. The girl said as he did this, his hand caressed and squeezed her thigh.

The Dover Area School District made immediate notification to the Northern York County Regional Police and suspended Puterbaugh immediately.

Northern York County Regional Police Department seized computer equipment from the school district. Police say the computers had either been assigned to Puterbaugh by the District or were located in rooms that Puterbaugh used for student instruction.

Puterbaugh allegedly surrendered his personal cell phone to Investigators and provided them with written consent to search its contents, a press release said.

During a cursory exam of the cell phone, investigators located numerous video files that appeared to be of school-aged females. The videos appeared to be focused on the breast and pubic region of clothed females, a press release said.  The release said several of the videos were taken from an angle that captured undergarments worn under dresses.

None of the videos depicted the females in states of undress and the videos appeared to have been made without the students’ knowledge, a press release said.

Investigators applied for and were granted a search warrant for Puterbaugh's home. Police say computers, hard drives, and digital camera were seized from Puterbaugh's home.

Police searched the computers seized from the school, Puterbaugh's home, and Puterbaugh's cell phone.

Police say the videos found on the cell phone were extracted and still photos of the faces of the students were provided to Dover Area School District Officials for identification. Police say school district officials were able to identify many of the faces as either current or former students of the district.

A computer that was seized from Puterbaugh’s home was forensically examined and was found to have 661 images of children engaged in sexual acts, police say.  According to a press release, none of the pornographic images were of children who attend or who have previously attended Dover Area School District. 

Police say the computer also contained more videos of students from the Dover Area School District that were similar to the videos located on Puterbaugh’s cell phone.

Police say they are continuing the investigation into the videos to determine how they were made, and additional charges will be brought against Puterbaugh at the conclusion of the investigation.

The Dover Area School District released the following statement regarding the arrest:

"There has been an incident involving a Dover Area School District Intermediate School teacher and the Northern York County Regional Police. The District is cooperating fully with the investigation. For the protection of all students involved every effort is being made to maintain confidentiality and guard against unwanted publicity, while this allegation is being investigated. All appropriate actions have been taken at this time. As a school district, we are not permitted to discuss any personnel information, as such, please understand that we are not able to comment further on this situation at this time. Counseling and support services will be available for any student or staff member on Friday, February 28."Dover music teacher arrested for child porn meets bail, released from prison


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