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Child-Porn Investigation Of Wilton Preschool Worker Began In April

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WILTON, Conn. -- State police began investigating a former Wilton preschool paraprofessional in connection with child pornography in April but did not inform the Wilton School District until June, the Wilton Bulletin reported .

Eric Von Kohorn, 33, of Bridgeport, a former preschool paraprofessional at Miller-Driscoll School in Wilton was arrested by state police on child pornography charges last week, according to a letter from school Superintendent Kevin J. Smith.

Von Kohorn was charged with first-degree possession of child pornography and promoting a minor in an obscene performance, according to state police.

“We are all deeply troubled by this alarming situation. Please be reassured that the safety of children is our foremost concern and there are many policies and procedures in place to ensure the well-being of all our children,” Smith wrote.

According to the letter Smith sent to parents, Von Kohorn began working for the school system in 2007. Police notified Wilton school officials of the investigation in June. He was placed on administrative leave and asked not to return to school grounds, the letter said. Von Kohorn resigned June 16.

The letter from Smith said Von Kohorn’s illegal behavior took place at home and not at work. He was not involved in the production of pornography and no Wilton students were involved, he said.

"There are no reports to date of staff members ever observing any behavior that would be considered inappropriate," Smith wrote in a follow-up letter . State police told Smith there was no evidence Von Kohorn had any illegal contact with children.

Dr. Barbara Rickler, a certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, will also be available to support parents at the preschool Tuesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Parents with further information should contact Jim Martin, a clinical social worker employed by the Wilton schools. He can be reached at martinj@wilton.k12.ct.us .

Read the full report from the Wilton Bulletin here about the timeline of the state police investigation.