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Ex-Elementary School Teacher Pleads Guilty In Child Porn Case

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PHOENIX (AP) — A former elementary school teacher in the Paradise Valley School District has pleaded guilty in a child pornography case.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 54-year-old Thomas H. Warner pleaded guilty Thursday to sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of attempted exploitation of a minor.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced on July 9.

Warner was arrested in February 2012 on suspicion of 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Police detectives from the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant for child pornography at Warner’s home and say they found thousands of pictures and videos of underage boys.

At the time of his arrest, Warner was a fourth-grade teacher at North Ranch Elementary and had been at the school for several years.

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