Matthew B. Puterbaugh
Matthew B. Puterbaugh (submitted)

Northern York County Regional Police say they found more than 600 images of child porn on a Dover Intermediate School teacher's home computer. pNow Matthew B. Puterbaugh, 46, of 1000 Conewago Road in Dover Township, is charged with 661 counts of possession of child porn and a single count of possessing an instrument of a crime, police said in a news release.

Puterbaugh was arraigned on the charges Thursday afternoon.

He remains in York County Prison on $250,000 bail, a prison official said.

Investigators also found videos of clothed school-age girls, some of whom were later identified as current and former district students, on the computer and on Puterbaugh's cellphone, police said.

The videos focused on the students' breast and genital regions, but the students were clothed, police said.

Investigation: Police began their investigation into Puterbaugh after a 12-year-old female student told intermediate school officials that

Puterbaugh inappropriately touched her during a music tech class last week, police said.

The student alleged Puterbaugh caressed and squeezed her thigh when he leaned over to explain something to her on Feb. 19, police said.

District officials quickly contacted police and the district and the department launched a joint investigation a day later.

Puterbaugh was suspended after the allegation was made, police said.

As part of their investigation, police seized Puterbaugh's district-issued computer equipment that was in the school and used for work, police said. Police did not say if that equipment contained any inappropriate images.

Videos: Puterbaugh voluntarily gave his cellphone to police and allowed investigators to look through its contents.

That's when, police say, they found the videos of the students. None of the students appeared to know they were being recorded, police said.

Several of the videos were shot from an angle that showed undergarments the students were wearing under dresses, police said.

Puterbaugh's home computer contained additional videos of the students, police said.

The 661 pornographic images also found on the computer are believed to have been downloaded from the Internet and are not of any current or former district student, police said.

School district officials were able to identify many of the girls in the video as current or former students.

District response: Police and district staff held an informational meeting Thursday night with parents of students who were identified in the videos, police said.

The district will provide counseling and support services to students and staff if needed on Friday, according to a news release from the district.

Northern Regional Police will also have an additional school resource officer at the school through March 4. The officer will work with a district crisis response team, police said.

Reached by phone Thursday night, district Acting Superintendent Jason Conway declined to say whether or not Puterbaugh is still employed by the district.

The staff directory on the district website no longer lists Puterbaugh.

Conway said the only comment from the district at this time will be through the release it issued.

Police continue to investigate how Puterbaugh allegedly made the videos of the students. Additional charges are expected to be filed against him, police said.

Court records do not list an attorney for Puterbaugh.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.