Ex-Rye Neck HS teachers gets 3 years in child porn case

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A former Rye Neck High School teacher was sentenced to three years in federal prison Friday for the possession and receipt of child porn.

Nicholas Pagliuca, 65, was arrested at his Somers home just before Thanksgiving in 2016 on federal child pornography charges. He resigned from his teaching position about a week after the arrest.

According to federal prosecutors, Pagliuca signed up for a child porn website and downloaded hundreds of files containing pornographic images and videos of children.

Federal investigators had been probing the website since 2012, which eventually led them to Pagliuca’s account.

Before being sentenced, Pagliuca addressed the court saying that he expressed remorse for the elicit parade and support of business that hurts children.

One of his victims, identified as “Cindy,” read a victim impact statement in court. It said: "If you think for one minute that you are not responsible just because you didn't take the picture you viewed, you are dead wrong."

The judge acknowledged that the educator for 37 years with no prior criminal record did not physically harm minors. Pagliuca was looking at the possibility of decades in prison, but the judge opted for 36 months and a $15,000 fine.

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