Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Accused Teacher Released on Bail; He Is Facing Child Pornography Charges

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Accused Teacher Released on Bail; He Is Facing Child Pornography Charges

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Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer

A 40-year-old teacher at Tynes Elementary School facing federal child pornography charges was released from custody on $50,000 bail Tuesday and placed on house arrest at his parent's home south of Orange Park.

Meanwhile, federal and Clay County investigators were trying to determine whether any local children were in any of the computer images confiscated from John E. McIntyre's home on the morning of Aug. 13. Officials said he had discussed having fantasies involving some of his students during online conversations with undercover FBI agents.

McIntyre, who faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, was released on bail by U.S. District Judge Howard T. Snyder on condition that he wear an electronic ankle bracelet to monitor his every move while staying with his parents and a brother in a neighborhood south of Orange Park. He also is prohibited from having any contact with children younger than 18.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled in U.S. District Court in Jacksonville Monday.

McIntyre, a teacher in Clay County schools since 1988, has been suspended from his job as a sixth-grade teacher at Tynes Elementary since his arrest Aug. 13 at his home in the 1200 block of Yellowstone Drive south of Blanding Boulevard near Orange Park.

In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Jacksonville, McIntyre is accused of communicating with an undercover FBI agent several times since June in an on-line chat room to discuss trading images of children engaged in sexual activity. During the chats, FBI officials said, McIntyre said he was currently on vacation from his job teaching job at Tynes.

The complaint accuses McIntyre of sending a series of images involving minors, mostly young boys, engaged in sexually explicit behavior on three occasions between June 1 and the day of his arrest.

McIntyre, who has been at Tynes since the school opened in 1994, was taken into custody after FBI agents and investigators with the Clay County Sheriff's Office arrived at his home in the Tanglewood neighborhood about 7 a. …

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