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Former Conn. Teacher Gets 5 Years for Child Porn

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A former drama teacher at a Connecticut private school has received a five-year prison sentence for possessing and distributing child pornography.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 65-year-old Richard Doyle, formerly of Litchfield, was sentenced Tuesday in Hartford. Doyle pleaded guilty in December to having thousands of images of children at his home.

Doyle was teaching at The Taft School in Watertown when he was arrested in 2012. School officials said no children at the school were involved.

Federal agents say they found child pornography in directories on the Internet maintained by Doyle, and later found more than 4,000 child porn images on his home computer.

Doyle told officials he never viewed child porn at the school.

Doyle’s attorney called him a gifted, dedicated teacher who never touched a child.

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