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Former Seattle Academy teacher pleads guilty to child porn

Gabe Cronin (KOMO file photo)

SEATTLE -- A former chemistry teacher at the prestigious Seattle Academy pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of child pornography.

Gabe Cronin made his plea in U.S. District Court in Seattle. He is to be sentenced July 20.

He was arrested in November. He was also fired by the school.

Federal prosecutors claim Gabriel Cronin admitted to inserting students’ photos into pornography.

On Nov. 12, investigators at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip that Cronin had been viewing child pornography for years. The tip was passed to a detective with an Seattle Police Department-based Internet Crimes Against Children unit, who soon learned Cronin was a teacher at the Capitol Hill school.

The criminal complaint against him revealed the once standout teacher insisted that despite his self-described 'sexual addiction', he hadn't ever inappropriately touched children.

He offered to take a lie detector test, insisting it would prove he is being truthful.

When asked how he dealt with urges being at school all day or on overseas school trips, court documents reveal he told investigators most of the trips were short and he could handle it. But, he had difficulty on the school trip to Zambia.

In those same court documents, Cronin told a detective that he had added student photos to porn images.

A detective wrote, "He told us he fantasized about students he works with. Detective Luckie asked if he had ever 'morphed' any photographs of students with images of pornography, and he said that he had done that in the past."

Detectives found several photo galleries on his work-issued laptop containing nude images of minor female children.

And other images according to the complaint:"...detectives located thousands of non-nude images of girls appearing to be between eight and fifteen years of age, in various stages of undress, and posing in various sexually explicit positions..."

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