Former Dover music teacher indicted on federal child exploitation charges

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Federal charges against former York County music teacher Matthew Puterbaugh.  A federal grand jury in Harrisburg indicted Puterbaugh this afternoon charging him with Production of Receiving and Possession of Child Pornography.

According to charging documents, while working as music teacher and band director at Dover Intermediate School Puterbaugh, 47, allegedly secretly recorded images of female students at the school which constituted Child Pornography.

In February 2014, school officials reported a complaint to the Northern York County Regional Police. During a search of Puterbaugh’s home, police found thousands of images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on computers.

Earlier this week, Puterbaugh was fired from his teacher position by the Dover Area School District.

After his appearance before a Magistrate Judge was detained pending a detention hearing. If convicted, Puterbaugh faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in federal prison on the production charge, a mandatory minimum five years on the receipt charge and a maximum sentenced of 70 years in prison.