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Teacher Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

CONTACT: Evan Meenan, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5512

November 21, 2013

Jose Bruzual, a teacher at the St. Johnsbury Academy, has been charged with five counts of felony level Possession of Child Pornography. The charges against Bruzual resulted from an investigation conducted by the Attorney General’s Office and Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. According to court documents, Bruzual obtained and distributed child pornography over the internet using peer-to-peer file sharing programs. Computers and other devices connect to peer-to-peer networks using software that allows images and movies to be shared, including those that contain child pornography, with other connected computers and devices anywhere in the world.

A search warrant was executed at Bruzual’s residence today with assistance from personnel from the Attorney General’s Office, the Caledonia Special Investigations Unit, Vermont State Police, St. Johnsbury Police, UVM Police and the South Burlington Police Department.

At his arraignment, Bruzual pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Court imposed $35,000 bail, ordered that he surrender his passport and additional conditions prohibiting access to children and the internet. Bruzual was also served a no trespass order prohibiting him from entering the St. Johnsbury Academy campus.

Bruzual is the twentieth person the Vermont Attorney General’s Office has charged with possessing child pornography since April of 2010.

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