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Former Lakota teacher arrested on federal child porn charges

Ryan Fahrenkamp, Source: Lakota School District Ryan Fahrenkamp, Source: Lakota School District

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - A former Lakota Elementary teacher is now in the custody of U.S. Marshals after a Federal detention hearing Monday morning. Ryan Fahrenkamp, 42, of Mason, was arrested on federal child pornography charges and will remain in the Butler County Jail in Hamilton until his detention hearing on Thursday.

On May 26, 2010, West Chester officers executed a state search warrant on a hotel room where Fahrenkamp was staying and seized a camera during the execution of that warrant. A forensic review of the school laptop revealed a video file depicting a naked pre-pubescent male that appeared to have been downloaded in 2008. A review of the camera found similar photos.

For 14 years, Fahrenkamp taught young children in the Lakota school district. Now, police say they found evidence on his school issued computer of child porn. The investigation began eight months ago, when a parent came forward. "We are so grateful to this parent who came forward," said Laura Kursman with Lakota schools.

A parent that says she found inappropriate text messages from Fahrenkamp to her child. "It's not easy to go into a principal's office and bring these things forward, but we are very grateful this parent did because it really opened up this whole case," said Laura Kursman.

"This type of behavior is unacceptable for any person in this profession," said Lakota Schools superintendent Mike Taylor. "We can do background checks, but unfortunately we do not have a crystal ball and cannot predict future actions."

Fahrenkamp was immediately put on administrative leave by the district and the West Chester Police began investigating. The FBI then got involved. "After they reviewed his laptop computer, they found indications that it had been used to access pornographic websites and they also found pictures of some students; male students without their shirts on," said Michael Brooks with the FBI.

Fahrenkamp is facing three felony charges: transportation, receipt and possession of child pornography. "The maximum punishment for the three charges is 20 years confinement in federal prison," said Brooks.

Fahrenkamp resigned as a teacher in August after being suspended in May of 2010. He will face a federal magistrate on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in federal court in downtown Cincinnati.

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