Yorktown school band teacher arrested on child pornography charges dies in hiking accident

A Yorktown school band teacher arrested on child pornography charges was killed in a hiking accident in Ulster County.



State police say Jeffrey Whalen, of Yorktown Heights, was found dead Saturday at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the Millbrook Trail.



Police say it appears Whalen was hiking at the Mohonk Preserve and somehow fell.



Whalen was a band teacher at Crompond Elementary School. He had been on administrative leave since his arrest in October for allegedly distributing and promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child younger than 10 years old.



Crisis counselors were available today for Yorktown students.



The district released a statement today announcing Jeffrey Whalen's death with "sadness and heavy hearts."


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