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Carson teacher remains free on porn charge

12/8/2010, 5 p.m.

A fifth-grade teacher at a Carson elementary school will remain free on bail while awaiting trial on charges of posting child pornography on a social networking site, a judge ruled.

Silvestre Layug Ela, 53, is charged with one count each of possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography, according to Deputy District Attorney Marc Beaart. Ela teaches at Dominguez Elementary School, a Los Angeles Unified School District school, in Carson. He has been an elementary school teacher for 15 years.

Ela appeared in court on Wednesday, but his arraignment was postponed until Jan. 6. A judge ruled that he could remain free on $20,000 bail pending trial, but he cannot be in the presence of any minors without a third person present.

Ela was at his home in the 1100 block of Dimondale Street in Carson, when a search warrant was served on Nov. 17, authorities said.

He admitted to viewing and downloading images of child pornography, but denied having victimized any children, authorities said.

Several computers and DVDs with photos of possible victims were seized as Ela was arrested, authorities said.

Officials were continuing their investigation.