A former teacher in the Contra Costa County community of Pittsburg was convicted of possessing child pornography, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Friday in an emailed news release.
Alex Eye Bursch was sentenced to 57 months in prison and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.
In addition to being a school teacher, Bursch was a swim coach.
“In imposing its sentence,” the FBI said, “the court noted the large number of child pornography images in Bursch’s collection and that his child pornography included images of prepubescent children and of children involved in sadistic sex acts.”
U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton also sentenced the defendant to a seven-year period of supervised release.
“Evidence showed that Bursch used peer-to-peer file-sharing software to share child pornography images via the Internet. Martinez police officers and Contra Costa sheriff’s deputies obtained a search warrant for Bursch’s home, where they found computers containing more child pornography images and videos. Bursch admitted to police that he used file sharing software to download and collect child pornography.”
Assisting the FBI in the investigation were the Martinez Police Department, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, and the San Jose Internet Crimes against Children Task Force.
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