A Louisiana federal judge sentenced former Newton elementary school teacher David Ettlinger to 45 years in prison Tuesday for his role in an online child pornography ring.
The sentencing allows Ettlinger to be returned to Massachusetts to face charges that he assaulted three girls from the Boston area and recorded the encounters.
Ettlinger, 35, appeared for his sentencing in a Shreveport courtroom with his parents present, nearly one year after his arrest shocked Newton residents and school officials. Ettlinger grew up in Newton and taught in the city’s schools for 12 years. He was a popular second-grade teacher at Underwood Elementary School at the time of his arrest last January.
Ettlinger, who pleaded guilty to one federal count of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, will also be under supervision for the rest of his life after he has served his prison term, federal prosecutors said.
“The sexual abuse of an innocent child by a teacher is one of the most heartbreaking violations of trust imaginable,” Raymond Parmer, a special agent in charge of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in New Orleans, said in a press release. The agency led the investigation into Dreamboard, the online child pornography site that Ettlinger frequented.
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