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Child porn charges filed against San Bernardino middle-school teacher

Eugene Ballantyne

March 14, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A former San Bernardino middle-school teacher was arrested, accused of exchanging sexually explicit images with a 13-year-old girl from New Jersey.

Eugene Ballantyne, 29, appeared in a Riverside courtroom Tuesday on a charge of receiving and distributing child pornography. He was denied bond and remained in custody Wednesday.

The FBI says Ballantyne used a fake name and exchanged online messages, emails and texts with the underage girl. They claim he also admitted to having online contact with another underage girl, and to traveling 180 miles to have sex with a third underage girl.

Authorities say there's no evidence Ballantyne had sexual contact with children at the middle school where he used to work.