Teachers and School Owner Exploit Vulnerable Children

Christopher French, 28, of Winchester, Massachusetts, has been indicted on charges of child rape, child enticement, posing a child in a state of nudity, disseminating visual material of a child in a state of nudity, possession of child pornography and dissemination of matter harmful to minors. He was a special education teacher’s aide at a middle school, as well as a soccer coach.  One victim has alleged he came to her house and raped her when she was 14. French was arrested on June 28 and released on only $5,000 bail by Judge Geoffrey Packard.

In Salinas, California, John Walter Hawthorn, 43, was sentenced to 10 years and eight months for child molestation and possession of child pornography. Hawthorn was a teacher for 11 years and taught “particularly vulnerable members of our community because they were… new to the country,” according to the Monterey County Weekly.

In Aichi, Japan, prep school owner Takashi Nakagawa, 50, was arrested after selling two photo albums containing child pornography through an online auction.  According to Japan Today, Nakagawa was quoted by police as saying the photo albums were from his private collection.

Oct, 31, 2008