Math teacher at elite Philadelphia private school arrested for child pornography


A math teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy was arrested on Friday for child pornography, law enforcement officials and the school principal said.

Andrew Wolf, 41, was in federal custody on charges of receiving and distributing child pornography. Authorities said he used his school email account to receive around 190,000 photos and videos, many of which depict boys as young as 12 engaging in sexual acts.

Officials said Wolf is unlikely to return to the elite private school in Philadelphia. School principal Stephen Druggan said in an emailed message to the school community that Wolf had been put on administrative leave.

“Authorities told us their investigation was prompted by activities that took place outside of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy,” Druggan wrote. “Mr. Wolf has been put on administrative leave, and we certainly expect he will not return to SCH.”

Wolf’s image is is no longer on the school website.

Federal investigators said they learned of Wolf’s crimes on July 12, when Dropbox Inc., a file hosting service that allows users to send and receive videos and documents online, reported that his account uploaded suspected child pornography.

Authorities raided Wolf’s home in Philadelphia, where he lives alone with his 6-month-old child, on Thursday and seized an iPad and iPhone. The devices showed he was following teenagers on Instagram and, in one case, purchased sexually explicit videos of a boy who authorities said was between 12 and 14 years old. The boy sold the teacher at least six videos of himself for $ 100, they said.

News of Wolf’s arrest rocked the K-12 school, where tuition ranged from $ 28,250 to $ 43,100. With 1,060 students, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is the largest independent school in the city, according to its website.

Druggan said Wolf successfully passed a criminal background check before being hired and during his tenure the school never received complaints of improper conduct.

Druggan asked parents and students concerned about the situation to contact him, a divisional adviser, a division chief or the FBI.

“I’m sorry to have to share such difficult news. SCH’s commitment to the safety and security of our students is unwavering, and we are all understandably troubled and upset by this news, ”he wrote. “We will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with the authorities as they continue their investigation. “

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