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Teacher’s child porn venture

The owner of a northern Greek private language school was charged yesterday with selling pictures of naked children aged 6-16 on a German child pornography website. The 27-year-old Greek suspect, who taught German at a language school in Yiannitsa, some 52 kilometers west of Thessaloniki in central Macedonia, had allegedly cajoled many local schoolgirls – whom he apparently approached through Internet chatrooms – into sending him pictures of themselves undressed. Police said the suspect had also managed to obtain video footage of naked young girls with the use of a web camera. The teacher then allegedly posted the pornographic material on a German Internet site for pedophiles, raking in a steady income from paying site visitors. A search of his school and home turned up dozens of computer CDs and disks with child pornographic material, as well as notebooks with entries on local girls who had modeled for him and data on his earnings from the site. Police also confiscated a starter’s gun and three knives.