Ettlinger released to face federal child porn charges in the Bayou

David Ettlinger, a former Newton teacher and Brighton resident facing a slew of child pornography charges in two Massachusetts counties was released on his personal recognizance at Suffolk Superior Court April 3, according to Wicked Local Newton and WCVB. The move allows the court to transport Ettlinger to Louisiana, where he faces federal charges for participating in an online child pornography forum.

Ettlinger, 34, was scheduled to appear at Moakley Courthouse in Boston Tuesday afternoon and then to be taken to Louisiana, where he faces charged for his alleged membership in Dreamboard, an international forum that promoted sexual abuse of children.

Ettlinger was arrested at his Commonwealth Avenue home in January following an investigation, and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography. Prosecutors said they found hundreds of images of child pornography on his computer.

Ettlinger was later additionally charged with indecent assault on a person under 14 and posing a child in the nude.

Prosecutors said the victim was a family friend he was babysitting.

Ettinger was indicted in Middlesex Superior Court in February for charges of five counts of aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, posing a child in a state of nudity, posing a child in sexual conduct, possession of child pornography, and secretly recording a partially nude person.

He was arraigned Feb. 8 and ordered held on $50,000 cash bail.

Wicked Local Newton reports that later that month, prosecutors discovered inappropriate photos of Ettlinger’s former students at Underwood Elementary School in Newton. The photos were taken secretly but were not pornographic, and therefore not criminal.

Ettlinger was arraigned at Suffolk Superior Court on March 1 on additional charges. Prosecutors said on two unrelated occasions in 2009, he undressed and taped himself fondling two teenage girls as they slept.

He is schedulted to go on trial at Suffolk Superior Court in Dec. 2012. He will go on trial at Middlesex Superior Court in February 2013.

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