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Cooperstown physical education teacher arrested on child porn charges

A physical education teacher for the Cooperstown Central School District has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Posted: Dec. 7, 2018 1:09 PM
Updated: Dec. 7, 2018 5:11 PM

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- A physical education teacher for the Cooperstown Central School District has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Justin Hobbie, 41 of Springfield Center, appeared in federal court Friday on charges that he received and distributed child porn online.

Superintendent Bill Crankshaw says Hobbie taught phys-ed at the junior/senior high school.

According to the criminal complaint, Hobbie received and distributed the images using a peer-to-peer sharing program. After searching his personal computer, authorities say it contained numerous video files of the material.

If convicted, Hobbie faces up 5 to 20 years in prison, post-release supervision and a fine of $250,000. He would also have to register as a sex offender.

Crankshaw says there is no evidence that Cooperstown students are involved.

“We spent the day informing staff, administration and students as well. We plan to follow through with that on Monday. This is going to be a long road and we are all in this together as a school community and we expect Monday will begin a process of information and healing and sharing,” he said.

When asked if Hobbie has been terminated from his position, the superintendent said he could not discuss personnel issues.

Hobbie's Linkedin profile says he's been employed with Cooperstown schools for 13 years, and the Oneonta Daily Star reports that he is married and has young children.

Judge Therese Dancks ordered that he be held pending a detention hearing scheduled for December 12.

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