Anthony V. Giambrone, 40, of Kenmore, New York was formally charged on Monday for alleged possession of images of child pornography on two separate laptop computers, including images of prepubescent minors, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office of New York's Western District.
Giambrone is an Erie 1 BOCES teacher working at Maryvale Intermediate School in Cheektowaga, NY.
The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Town of Tonawanda Police Department, according to court documents.
Erie 1 BOCES sent a press release stating: "An Erie 1 BOCES employee has been put on administrative leave following allegations of child pornography. Over the weekend, administrators were made aware of the allegations, and the employee was immediately placed on leave and did not report to work this morning," according to WKBW.
Superintendent Joseph D'Angelo informed parents about the allegations on the school's Facebook page and wrote: "We were notified today that Federal Law enforcement officers arrested Anthony Giambrone and charged him with possessing images of child pornography. Mr. Giambrone is a teacher employed by Erie 1 BOCES and had been working in the Binner building on the Maryvale Campus in a program operated by Erie 1 BOCES."
"We have immediately notified Erie 1 BOCES that Mr. Giambrone is prohibited from being on campus. The safety of our students is paramount and a duty that is taken very seriously," he added.
"We have not been informed, or have reason to believe at this time, that Mr. Giambrone’s conduct in any way relates to Maryvale students. We are continuing to investigate this matter, obtain more information, and we encourage any families with pertinent information to contact law enforcement," D'Angelo explained.
The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
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