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Former teacher arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography

City News Service | 4/23/2013, 12:18 p.m.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- A former fifth-grade teacher at a Sun Valley elementary school was arrested today for allegedly possessing child pornography.

Douglas Randolph Collins was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court on one count of possession of matter depicting a minor in sexual conduct, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Collins taught fifth-grade at Fernangeles Elementary School, but was removed from the classroom in October when the allegations first came to light, according to the Los Angeles Unified School District.

He was arrested at the Van Nuys Educational Service Center, where he was assigned after being removed
from classes.

According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the 46-year-old Valencia man allegedly ordered child pornography online and received it through the mail.

Fernangeles parents were notified about the arrest through a letter and telephone calls, according to the LAUSD. Collins began his LAUSD career at Fernangeles in 1997. Crisis counselors will be at the school Wednesday, according to the district.

The charge does not involve any students at the school, officials said.

"Parents and guardians entrust their children to LAUSD, and we must take every precaution to ensure their safety at our schools," LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said. "No teacher or employee interested in child pornography belongs in the district."