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Teacher arrested on child porn charges

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PINELLAS PARK (FOX 13) -

A Pinellas County teacher is under arrest, charged with multiple counts of possessing child pornography.

John Kaneski, 42, teaches at Cross Bayou Elementary, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He has been a teacher there since 2005.

The sheriff's office says there is no evidence children from the school were involved in the pornography; they say they do not believe Kaneski was involved in producing porn.

He faces ten counts of possessing child porn, and is being held on $100,000 bond.

Detectives say the investigation began in November, and they eventually served a search warrant at Kaneski's home.

The sheriff's office said investigators found "multiple images and videos of children in the performance of sexual acts" on Laneski's computer. They say Kaneski admitted to downloading the pornography.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says the investigation turned up things that would turn a person's stomach.

"It's bad stuff, it's egregious stuff and these videos are just terrible," Gualtieri said. "Detectives went on to the hard drive of Kaneski's computer and were able to, and this is minimally at this point, download seven different videos involving young girls between the ages of 8 and 12 years old and they were engaged in various sex acts with adult males,"

Kaneski has been an English as a second language teacher with the school since 2005. Investigators say no students are in the images or videos.

Regina Gonzalez has two kids at Cross Bayou. She says Kaneski never taught her kids, but she certainly wants to know more about his role with the school.

"I definitely want to get more information as far as what type of contact he's had with my kids," Gonzalez said.

Kelly Hutchins has a daughter in first grade at the school. While she didn't have Kaneski as a teacher, she recognized him.

"He always seemed very pleasant, he seemed really good with the kids," said Hutchins. "It's very shocking and it's scary, it really is."

The story gets scarier for parents. Investigators say back in 2005, Kaneski was suspected of sexual battery on an 8-year-old girl at Curlew Creek Elementary when he was a teacher there. He was never charged because the girl recanted her statement.

Now in addition to the child porn charges, he could be facing another similar charge.

"Kaneski may currently be involved in other inappropriate activity with at least one young girl," Gualtieri said.

That means parents like Gonzalez have more to worry about.

"It definitely concerns me," Gualtieri said.

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