Mary Star physics teacher arrested in child pornography case

Mary Star physics teacher arrested in child pornography case
  1. Mary Star physics teacher arrested in child pornography case
    A physics teacher at Mary Star of the Sea High School in San Pedro was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possession of child pornography.Daniel T. O'Connell, 32, was arrested about 8 a.m., jail records showed.Police investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children unit took him into custody, but information about the arrest was not immediately made…
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A physics teacher at Mary Star of the Sea High School in San Pedro was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possession of child pornography.

Daniel T. O’Connell, 32, was arrested about 8 a.m., jail records showed.

Police investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit took him into custody, but information about the arrest was not immediately made available.

An LAPD spokeswoman said more information might be released later today.

Mary Star Principal Rita Dever sent a letter to parents Tuesday afternoon announcing the arrest.

“The Archdiocese was made aware last week that Mr. O’Connell was under investigation and has been cooperating fully with the police since that time,” Dever said. “At this time, the police have indicated that Mr. O’Connell’s alleged activities do not involve any students at Mary Star of the Sea High School nor did they take place on the Mary Star campus.”

O’Connell is a long-term substitute teacher at the school,” said Adrian Adrian Marquez, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The campus website showed he taught physics and AP physics classes.

In her letter, Dever said the Archdiocese’s Applied Technology team conducted a review Tuesday of the “filtering and safeguards in place for internet access at the school and on school-supplied devices.”

“They determined Mary Star has appropriate internet filters and safeguards for students, faculty and…

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