School District Suspends Teacher Pending Child Pornography Investigation

September 1, 2014 by David S. Seltzer

Regardless of your occupation, Florida child pornography charges are a frightening prospect – especially if you have been falsely accused. In Buffalo Grove, IL, a popular middle school teacher recently discovered how swift and harsh the penalties of such allegations can be.

Meridian Middle School teacher John C. Vastis, 51, was charged August 28 in federal court with multiple child pornography offenses, including soliciting lewd videos and photos from an underage boy, known simply as “Minor A.”

The criminal complaint alleges Vastis communicated via Skype and text with Minor A, requesting the teenager send him explicit photos and videos. Authorities seized a computer and cell phone, allegedly containing these images. The charges, if proven, could result in a prison sentence of up to 15 years.

Pending investigation, Vastis remains on investigatory leave from Meridian Middle School. School officials have not yet determined whether he will be paid during his absence.

What Are the Potential Consequences of a Child Pornography Conviction?

Individuals like Vastis often face immediate and devastating circumstances due to cybercrime allegations such as these. With the permanency of conviction, one can expect consequences such as:

Imprisonment
. A child pornography conviction often leads to prolonged periods of time behind bars.

Loss of reputation. The damage to one’s reputation can be irreparable and begins the moment a suspect’s arrest becomes public. Friends, family, and neighbors often shun cybercrime convicts, even after they have served their time.

Job loss. Many employers remain unwilling to hire a person who has served time for child pornography charges.

If erroneous child pornography charges threaten to destroy the life you have worked so hard to achieve, don’t despair. Turn to the qualified Florida cybercrime attorneys at Seltzer Law, P.A. We understand the applicable state and federal laws in theory and in practice. We can work towards helping you retain your freedom, reputation, and future.

Call the Seltzer Law, P.A. team today at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (888-843-3333) to discuss your legal options.