VA Principal: Baseless Child Porn Charges Ruined Career

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Ting-Yi Oei, an assistant school principal in Loudoun County, a suburb of Washington, D.C., tells the Washington Post what it’s like to be falsely accused of child pornography. Charges were later thrown out in court, but Oei says the case “turned my life upside down and ruined my reputation and my career.” He writes in the Post that his “experience is a warning for all educators who find themselves trying to negotiate the slippery terrain where rapidly advancing technology intersects with risky adolescent behavior.”

The case began when Oei summoned a student he believed had engaged in “sexting”–putting a nude photo on his cell phone. Oei took a copy of the photo and found himself accused of possessing child porn. He complains that, “My wife and I were terrorized by a baseless prosecution, lost all our savings and were forced to borrow huge sums of money to pay for my defense.”

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