York County school teacher charged with 660 counts of child pornography

A Dover Area School Intermediate School teacher is charged with 661 counts of Possessing Child Pornography and one count of Possessing Instruments of Crime.

Northern York County Regional Police arrested Matthew B. Puterbaugh, 46, of Dover Township at 1 o’clock this afternoon. Police say they began investigating Puterbaugh on February 20, after a 12 year female student at the Dover Intermediate School reported to school officials that Puterbaugh had inappropriately touched her the day before. The student said that during her Music Ed class, Puterbaugh leaned over to explain something, as he did, his hand caressed and squeezed her thigh.

During the course of the investigation, investigators seized computer equipment from the School District that had been assigned to Puterbaugh.  He also surrendered his personal cell phone and provided investigators with written consent to search its contents.

During a cursory exam of the cell phone, numerous video files that appeared to be school aged females were found. The videos appeared to be focused in the breast and pubic region of clothed females.  Several of the videos were taken from an angle that captured undergarments worn under dresses.

On February 20, executed a search warrant on Puterbaugh’s Dover Township home. Police seized computers, hard drives, and a digital camera. Puterbaugh’s Dell desktop computer was found to have 661 images of children engaged in sexual acts. None of the pornographic images were of children who attend or who have previously attended Dover Area School District.

In a statement the Dover Area School District said that it was fully cooperating with the police investigation. The District says Counseling and support services will be available Friday for any student or staff member on Friday.

Northern York County Regional Police say their investigation continues.