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Preschool teacher indicted on child-porn charges

8:39 PM, Aug 22, 2012   |    comments
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The three-count indictment released Wednesday by federal prosecutors formally charges Moe with possessing and distributing child pornography. In a court hearing earlier in August, Moe's attorney argued the distribution was simply passive sharing via an online network he used to gather child pornography.

A federal-magistrate judge ruled Moe can be released on bond as the case proceeds, over the objections of prosecutors who said he poses a danger to the community. Moe remains in custody pending a bond hearing. If he is released, it will be under stringent conditions including home confinement and GPS tracking.

Moe resigned from Paddington Station preschool, where he worked for 18 years. The school, assailed by parents for providing misleading and incomplete information following Moe's arrest, parted ways with its founder and head, Pippi Hambidge, as well as school director Ann Solomon, who had previously planned to retire.

A federal agent testified at Moe's bond hearing, saying Paddington knew of a 2001 allegation by parents that Moe inappropriately touched a young girl at school. School leaders did not report the accusation to authorities, as required by state law.

In court, prosecutors revealed Moe kept a detailed journal of his physical interactions with young girls at Paddington, mentioning more than 100 students by name. The interactions, none of which were sexual, appeared carefully logged along with the girls' reactions to his touch. Moe's defense attorney, who made no attempt to deny that Moe possessed child pornography, said the journal didn't show any wrongdoing and that Moe had built a "wall" between his personal and professional lives.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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