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Jacksonville teacher pleads guilty in federal child porn case

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(Courtesy of Steve Bridges)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A former Jacksonville high school teacher pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to transporting images depicting child sexual abuse over the internet.

Jeremy Clark, 44, faces up to 20 years in federal prison, followed by a lifetime of probation, after he acknowledged using a messaging app to share sexually explicit images of a child. 

A sentencing date has not yet been set for Clark, a husband and father of three who taught algebra at First Coast High School prior to his arrest in March.

Duval County Public Schools did not renew Clark's contract when it ended earlier this month, according to a district spokeswoman. She said the Florida Department of Education's Professional Practices Commission has been notified of Clark's case.

The charge stems from a March raid of Clark's Palm Valley area home. According to a federal complaint, FBI agents showed his wife an image of a man's genitals, which had been posted online by an account that also shared obscene images of young girls.

Inside the family's home, agents found a towel and comforter that were shown in the man's photograph. Investigators said Clark's wife acknowledged the picture appeared to be her husband's genitals. She told them he appeared to be lying on the couple's bed.

Court documents indicate Clark, who went by the user name LLCoolJack1973 on the Kik messaging app, shared child pornography with another user in February and expressed an interest in incest. In reality, the other user was an undercover agent.


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