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.

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Until ALL the families of children who had attended and received full or partial services in the last SEVEN YEARS have been notified and those families have been interviewed, then the investigation is not complete. They did not apparently investigate or gain access to this man's cell phone to determine what pictures and communications it contained. How would they know whether or not he had a flashdrive that he used to download the images that were found on his home computer? Did he have or have access to small cameras? Did the investigators search the school computers? How did the school system hire him with apparently no background in education, let alone special ed? Relying on adults' testimony as to whether any acts, words, pictures had been perpetrated upon the very young children is incomplete and inadequate in an investigation. Are we that naive to think that any possible actions would have taken place in front of others? Did these adults ever believe that he would have been downloading child pornography in the first place that they never noticed any behaviors worth reporting - so, the questions must be asked 'what were the questions asked of the other adults' who worked there. Was another adult always next to this man, listening to this man, watching this person while he was in proximity to or assisting, working with any child. That does not appear to be possible and therefore the other adults' observations or experiences should not trump those of the children and families. How is it that a family complaint in toileting their child in 2013 was dismissed - unless other adults were actually attending to the child in person - which has NOT been reported - they would not necessarily know what happened and can not speak to it or about it.