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Community reacts to Dover teacher's arrest

Updated: Friday, February 28 2014, 11:26 PM CST
Reported by: Chris Papst

DOVER -- A community in northern York County is trying to move on after a middle school music teacher was arrested and charged with hundreds of counts of possessing child pornography. 

The arrest of Matt Puterbaugh happened fast. It was only last week that he was still teaching and there was no investigation. And now he’s in jail. 

Yesterday, Northern York Regional Police arrested Matt Puterbaugh. The 46-year-old was charged with 661 counts of possessing child porn. Last week, police received a tip from a 12-year-old girl at the school who said the music teacher inappropriately touched her.

Soon after, police discovered hundreds of pictures of child porn on his computers and video of girls in the school. The girls have clothes on, but police say several of the video were taken from an angle that captured undergarments. And police say the girls didn’t know they were being filmed.

“None of the charges filed involve any of the students from the school. He’s filming them in what I guess you would call the normal course of the day,” said Northern York Regional Police Chief Mark Bentzel. 

We asked the school for comment, and received this statement “The district is fully cooperating 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.” 

The school also stated that counseling and support services were made available today to students and staff. 

“Almost every person involved in this investigation has children. They all have daughters. Some have daughters that are in school, now. So, they really do understand and realize the trauma that is associated with it,” added Bentzel. 

Police say Puterbaugh has worked at the school for about 20 years. He is currently in the York County Jail unable to post a $250,000 bail. 
Community reacts to Dover teacher's arrest

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