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A Northern High School chemistry teacher is on administrative leave after being charged with possession and distribution of child pornography, according to the school district.

Upper Allen Township Police and investigators from the state Attorney General's office say they found multiple images of child pornography when they seized the laptop and other devices of Brandon Thomas Deck, 27, of 189 Melbourne Lane in the Cumberland County township, when they searched his apartment Friday.

Deck, who had just started his fourth school year as a teacher with the district, has been placed on paid administrative leave until further notice, according to Vangie Unti, a Northern York County School District spokeswoman.

"We're taking it day to day" and working with Northern's solicitor to determine the district's next move, Unti said.

She said there's no evidence that any of the alleged crimes took place at school or involved any Northern students. The district said in a news release that officials are "fully cooperating with police" in the investigation.

Investigation: West York police officer Michael Mendez, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, in June began looking into a computer using peer-to-peer file sharing services to distribute a video of a man having sex with underage girls, according to charging documents.

He determined the computer was registered to Deck and was at Deck's address, documents state.

Shortly after 6 a.m. Friday, Upper Allen Township police officers and the Office of the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit knocked on Deck's door and, after he answered the door, executed a search warrant on the apartment, according to documents. On his laptop and other devices, they found more than three dozen images that appeared potentially to be child pornography, many with file names suggesting as much, documents state.

When law enforcement personnel interviewed Deck that morning, he told them he's the only one who lives there, and that his Internet connection is locked, according to documents.

Deck told police he sometimes downloads adult pornography, and it's possible he accidentally downloaded some child pornography as he was doing so, the documents state.

He has been charged with six counts of possession of child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communications facility.

He remains free on $10,000 bail, according to the AG's office.

- Reach Sean Cotter at scotter@yorkdispatch.com.

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