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D.A.: Evidence seized in porn investigation not sexual in nature

Felony charge against teacher reduced due to ‘naturist’ content of videos

Posted: August 1, 2013 6:50 p.m.
Updated: August 1, 2013 6:50 p.m.
 

Videos of naked children seized as evidence during an investigation of a Los Angeles Unified School District teacher charged with possessing child pornography were found to be non-sexual in nature, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said Thursday.

That’s why a felony charge for child pornography filed against Valencia resident Douglas Randolph Collins, 46, was reduced to a misdemeanor, spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales said.

Collins pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of advertising obscene matter last week and was sentenced to three years’ probation and 10 days of community service.

Collins does not have to register as a sex offender.

The children depicted in video evidence seized by prosecutors were naked but were not involved in sexual activity, prosecutors said.

“A thorough review of the evidence revealed that the material in the defendant’s possession did not meet the legal definition of child pornography,” Dávila-Morales said.

“The content did not depict minors engaging in sexual activity. Rather, the videos were of nudist/naturist activities,” she said.

Collins, who was also ordered to pay $140 in restitution, was arrested in April at the Van Nuys Educational Service Center and charged with possession of child pornography.

He worked as a fifth-grade teacher at Fernangeles Elementary from 2004 through 2010.

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