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Ex-Danville teacher sentenced for child pornography possession

Man gets 5+ years in prison for having 50,000 illicit digital files, prosecutors say

A former Danville middle school math teacher was sentenced to more than five years in prison Thursday for possession of 50,000 photos and videos of child pornography, federal prosecutors said.

Mitchell Wolf, 60, pleaded guilty in July to a single count of possession of child pornography and was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Wolf was employed as a math teacher at Diablo Vista Middle School when he was arrested in August 2014 by authorities following a search of his home on Bourne Lane in Danville.

Wolf, who had taught at Diablo Vista since 2002, was placed on unpaid administrative leave in the wake of his arrest. He retired from the school district effective June 12, according to district spokeswoman Elizabeth Graswich.

He was first charged in state court in Martinez, but the case was later moved into federal court and the FBI took over the investigation.

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Investigators reportedly found 50,000 digital photos and videos depicting child pornography on his personal computer and assorted CD-ROMs and DVDs in his home office and bedroom.

Many of the CD-ROMs and DVDs were hand-labeled to describe their contents, such as "PTHC" for "pre-teen hardcore," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The files were obtained with peer-to-peer file sharing software.

Wolf reached a plea deal with prosecutors in July for the 65-month prison term. After he is released, he will serve a 10-year period of supervised release, during which his use of computers and the Internet will be limited and he will be prohibited from frequenting locations where children are present.

Wolf's prison term is expected to begin on Jan. 4.

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Ex-Danville teacher sentenced for child pornography possession

Man gets 5+ years in prison for having 50,000 illicit digital files, prosecutors say

Uploaded: Thu, Oct 29, 2015, 5:20 pm

A former Danville middle school math teacher was sentenced to more than five years in prison Thursday for possession of 50,000 photos and videos of child pornography, federal prosecutors said.

Mitchell Wolf, 60, pleaded guilty in July to a single count of possession of child pornography and was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Wolf was employed as a math teacher at Diablo Vista Middle School when he was arrested in August 2014 by authorities following a search of his home on Bourne Lane in Danville.

Wolf, who had taught at Diablo Vista since 2002, was placed on unpaid administrative leave in the wake of his arrest. He retired from the school district effective June 12, according to district spokeswoman Elizabeth Graswich.

He was first charged in state court in Martinez, but the case was later moved into federal court and the FBI took over the investigation.

Investigators reportedly found 50,000 digital photos and videos depicting child pornography on his personal computer and assorted CD-ROMs and DVDs in his home office and bedroom.

Many of the CD-ROMs and DVDs were hand-labeled to describe their contents, such as "PTHC" for "pre-teen hardcore," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The files were obtained with peer-to-peer file sharing software.

Wolf reached a plea deal with prosecutors in July for the 65-month prison term. After he is released, he will serve a 10-year period of supervised release, during which his use of computers and the Internet will be limited and he will be prohibited from frequenting locations where children are present.

Wolf's prison term is expected to begin on Jan. 4.

Comments

D.M
Danville
on Oct 30, 2015 at 9:42 am
D.M, Danville
on Oct 30, 2015 at 9:42 am
4 people like this

I m glad the creep was caught and convicted.
My child had him as a leader at a camp some years back. It is disconcerting to think about the secret lives of those who Spend time around our children


aMom
Alamo
on Oct 30, 2015 at 10:31 am
aMom, Alamo
on Oct 30, 2015 at 10:31 am
2 people like this

Where is he until Jan 4th? And, didn't I read in Aug that he's married? I think I'd notice my husband's vast video collection all over our bedroom. Weird.


Herman Glates
Registered user
Danville
on Oct 30, 2015 at 1:22 pm
Herman Glates, Danville
Registered user
on Oct 30, 2015 at 1:22 pm
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The article says he retired from the school district.

Why wasn’t he fired?

I wonder if there’s a difference in the pension amount if a teacher is fired vs. retires.

I wonder if it costs the district more money to fire him vs. letting him retire.


RT
Danville
on Oct 30, 2015 at 4:05 pm
RT, Danville
on Oct 30, 2015 at 4:05 pm
1 person likes this

I believe he retired before his conviction, but I could be mistaken.


PSMacintosh
Danville
on Nov 2, 2015 at 11:19 am
PSMacintosh, Danville
on Nov 2, 2015 at 11:19 am
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Wow! This guy gets +5 year jail sentence for, apparently, no actual physical acts of molestation.
Whereas, the black attorney from San Ramon gets 1 month jail sentence and reduction from felony to misdemeanor for hit-and-run KILLING of Chinese man on bicycle.
Just saying, it's hard to understand "justice".


Derek
Danville
on Nov 2, 2015 at 1:03 pm
Derek, Danville
on Nov 2, 2015 at 1:03 pm
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There were two different DA's (two different counties) involved, Nancy O'Malley in the case of Spencer Freeman Smith, and she is particularly useless. Smith should have received a mandatory 15 to 25 in my opinion. But I do hope that Wolf will be wearing an ankle bracelet during his ten "supervised" years.


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