Chestnut Hill Private School Teacher Ordered Detained Before Trial After Arrest on Child Pornography Charges
PHILADELPHIA – Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Andrew Wolf, 41, of Philadelphia, PA, and a teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, was ordered detained pending trial at a hearing in U.S. Magistrate Court earlier today, following his arrest on October 7, 2021. The defendant was charged by Criminal Complaint with multiple child exploitation offenses including receiving child pornography and distribution of child pornography.
According to the Complaint, the charges stem from the defendant’s July 2021 electronic communication with a 13-year-old boy in order to purchase several sexually explicit videos of the child in exchange for a PlayStation card worth $100. He was arrested after the FBI executed a federal search warrant at his residence.
“As alleged in the Criminal Complaint, the defendant communicated with a child for the purpose of sexually exploiting the child’s naiveté – an abhorrent crime made even worse because of the defendant’s position as a teacher,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Williams. “The convenience and accessibility of digital communications, coupled with the ease with which child sexual exploitation crimes can be concealed online, make these cases extremely difficult to investigate and prosecute. However, our Office and our law enforcement partners are committed to doing this difficult work in order to hold child sexual predators accountable, especially people like this defendant who have selected careers working with children.”
“Any adult who manipulates a child into providing explicit images of themselves, as alleged here, needs to answer for it,” said Bradley S. Benavides, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Philadelphia Division. “It's especially pressing when the adult in question works with kids every day. Our Crimes Against Children Task Force is driven to keep identifying and investigating online predators. It's critical we protect children from such disgusting sexual exploitation.”
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 40 years in prison.
The case was investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
An indictment, information, or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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