NEWTON (CBS) – A second grade teacher in Newton was arrested Tuesday on child pornography charges.

Thirty-four-year-old David Ettlinger was arrested at his home in Brighton.

Police say they found hundreds of illegal images on his computer drives.  They also say they discovered multiple pairs of young girls’ underwear, which Ettlinger allegedly took from bathrooms, pools, and changing rooms.

Police tracked him down being following internet activity. He logged into the online forum for child pornography called “Dreamboard” more than 20 times in 2010.

WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez reports

He is also expected to face charges of posing a child in the state of nudity after police seized an illegal video that he allegedly acknowledged making.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports

Ettlinger admitted he was the man in the video. He also told police that while the victim is not one of students, she is someone who trusted him.

“He identified the girl as somebody that he babysat for, the daughter of a family friend,” said David Deakin, the Assistant District Attorney in court.

Ettlinger was arraigned Tuesday afternoon and held on $10,000 bail. Prosecutors had asked for bail to be set at $250,000.

Ettlinger is a teacher at the Underwood Elementary School and he has taught in the Newton school system for 12 years.

David Ettlinger photo from Facebook.

He has been put on paid administrative leave.  A letter was sent home to parents informing them of the charges and explaining the school has convened a crisis team to deal with the situation.

The Superintendent of Newton Public Schools David Fleishman told reporters hours after Ettlinger’s arrest that the popular teacher just passed a routine background check in 2010. Now he says his focus is on comforting the teachers and students of the school, “It’s so sad and upsetting on so many levels and our concern is the Underwood community and supporting them.”

Newton Mayor Setti Warren issued a statement addressing the allegations.

“Our first priority is ensuring the safety of every child. If these allegations prove to be true, the suspect detained should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The type of behavior that is alleged has absolutely no place in our community,” said the mayor’s statement.

Ettlinger is facing two state charges of possession of child pornography. On the local level he is facing assault and battery on a child under 14 and posing a child in the state of nudity, stemming from the video found by police. On top of that he is also facing federal charges out of Louisiana for participating in a child exploitation enterprise.

WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez contributed to this report.

Comments (10)
  1. Enough says:

    Absolutely disgusting. Lock him up for life, he’ll just do it again if he goes free.

    1. Jenalyn says:

      In radio, they will broadcast live if they can feracully control everything that might go over the air so if you just have one DJ playing records , that one DJ knows what they’re not allowed to say (thanks for your help, Mr. Carlin) and that can go live. If they have call-in guests (or even some live guests) they go to delay, which is not live .Now, networks newscasts are generally produced in a studio but local news LOVES to go live to the field to cover things but if some dude streaks your live remote, you pay $500,000: how many live remotes will you be doing? The morning news programs like to go out on the street they often pan across the fans who’ve come down to the studio with their signs some chick flashes the camera as it pans, it costs you $500,000: how many live shots of the fans will you be broadcasting? During sports coverage, they often show shots of the crowd during breaks in the action some dude wants to show you more of his team-color paint job than the FCC allows, $500,000. Would you still broadcast the game live? Heck, you get some nutty halftime entertainment who you get the idea.TV stations will squawk about a $5,000 fine, but they’ll pay it. Make the states $500,000, and they’ll have to change the way they operate.

  2. Thrivers Unite says:

    It is true he will do it again if left free. More disturbing is he is on paid leave.
    He was a trusted teacher hence a friend entrusted him with a child and that is the child he preyed on.

    Showing a great deal of cunning shopping outside his own candy store to avoid being caught as readily.

    Pedophiles do not advertise and fly under the radar by working in positions of trust. Our children are counting on our diligence as parents to protect them.

    Watch for attitude changes in a child who is cared for in occasionally by others investigate when they seem suddenly timid when it comes to going to someone else’s care.

    Monitor their outside activities check in from time to time unannounced and learn internet safety guidelines.
    I am mamaduck123456 on blogger I am a survivor of a Child Sex Ring they are smart we must be smarter!

  3. lily says:

    I was one of this man’s students 3 years ago.I always thought he was weird and controling.Also it annoys me having reporters crowded around my school.

  4. Shock says:

    I grew up knowing this person for all 12 years of his teaching career. This is unimaginable! A role model for students and trusted by his peers, even voted one of Bostons Most Eligible Bachelors a couple of years ago! I’m still in a state of shock…

  5. Flavio says:

    Yeah, CL, you gave one line to say you agreed with me about the werwoss and then launched off for several paragraphs in all sorts of off-topic directions, including gun-control in the USA, in response to a one-liner from QuietStorm which led into some totally on-topic questions about remnant Puritan mindsets. That’s not engaging with the thread, that’s hijacking it. If you have a totally tangential point to make, why not post it over at your place and then post a quick comment here with a pointer to it, and make your other comments in this thread on-topic? If people are interested in your tangent, they’ll follow the link over to your place.You have offered no cite for Anna’s intention to abuse you. She is challenging you, not abusing you, in this thread. There is rather a large difference.

  6. al91206 says:

    Good job CBS – let’s display the name of the child porn forum so other pedophiles can hurry to it …

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