Teacher accused of improper interaction with 10 students

March 8, 2011 1:24:22 PM PST
A middle school teacher in Camden County, New Jersey, who was already in trouble involving a student, is now facing a list of new and disturbing accusations.

Charles Reilly is an art teacher and a town councilman in Pine Hill. The charges he is facing stem from interactions with ten current and former students.

School District Superintendent Dr. Ken Koczur told WPVI-TV in Philadelphia the art teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

"We have invited Camden County Coalition of Traumatic Loss to speak to our staff and students," explained Dr. Koczur.

Reilly, 42, was charged with having inappropriate conversations in person and online with nine additional male victims from 12 to 15 years old. Some of the alleged conversations may have taken place over two years.

Along with victim statements, investigators have retrieved digital copies of such conversations conducted through Facebook chats and in one case an undercover investigator posing as an adolescent boy participated in an explicit online conversation with Reilly.

He was also charged with three counts associated with the creation and distribution of child pornography after investigators received information Reilly attempted to get an underage male to take explicit photographs of himself and send them to Reilly.

Reilly was initially charged on March 3 after a student came forward to authorities. An investigation quickly followed. Investigators say they also found child pornography at Reilly's home.

Family friend Colleen Naylor came to Reilly's defense, saying, "Great guy. I got five boys. He's been nothing but good to my kids."

WPVI-TV did try to discuss the allegations with Reilly, but he refused to come to the door of his home.