Florida high school special needs teacher faces 408 child porn charges

Florida high school special needs teacher faces 408 child porn charges


A Florida high school teacher, soccer coach and church youth leader is facing 408 counts of child pornography possession, according to authorities.

Shawn Fitzgerald, 46, was allegedly busted with hundreds of illegal images of children involved in sexual activity on his phone, Polk County Sheriff Gray Judd said Saturday.

The images show infants as young as 10 months old and children being sexually abused by adults and engaging in acts with other kids, police say.

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It does not appear that Fitzgerald produced the images or harmed any children personally, Judd said, but officials say he is likely to face additional charges.

Police arrested Fitzgerald Friday after being tipped off by the National Center on Missing and Exploited Children.

Fitzgerald teaches special needs students at Lakeland High School outside of Tampa, and has coached the boy’s soccer team there since 2014. He is also the youth director at First United Methodist Church in Bartow.

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