Virginia teacher sentenced to 30 years on child porn charges

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Posted: Oct 28, 2011 10:48 AM
Virginia teacher sentenced to 30 years on child porn charges

ALEXANDRIA, Va (Reuters) - A former Virginia elementary school teacher was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Friday for creating two pornographic videos with underage girls.

Justin Coleman, 36, a former fourth-grade dual language teacher, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. Coleman was arrested in April and pleaded guilty in August to two counts of producing child pornography.

He was sentenced to 30 years on each count, but the sentences will run concurrently.

"Mr. Coleman, you are a bad seed. You are a danger and a predator," U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee said in sentencing Coleman.

Coleman created two videos of underage girls engaging in sexually explicit conduct with him.

Federal officials have also said Coleman, of Falls Church, Virginia, possessed more than 2,500 images of existing child pornography that he had altered to depict former, minor female students to appear to be engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Coleman's collection included at least 74 videos he had recorded at school classrooms that depicted him masturbating behind an unaware student and attempting to obtain erotic videos of female students.

Coleman titled some of the movie files with the names of students depicted in the videos.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Jerry Norton)