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Jon Cruz, Bronx teacher arrested for child porn. Paid $1600 for pics of boy’s feet.

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What led to one acclaimed teacher preying on underage boys at the school where he taught?

Jon Cruz, an acclaimed Bronx teacher has been arrested on charges of possessing child pornography. His arrest warrant would note paying underage boys for nude photos.

The man’s arrest would come at his Manhattan resident on Friday, with authorities telling Jon Cruz had worked as a teacher and debate coach at the Bronx High School of Science, where he entrapped unsuspecting underage boys.

In addition to coaching the speech and debate team, the nytimes notes the man teaches A.P. United States Government & Politics with Economics and is the adviser to the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance.

A letter to parents from the school’s principal says the 32-year-old man has been reassigned to ‘a place where he will not be in contact with students.’

Pursuant to the levying of charges, the Department of the Education released a statement, saying, ‘This teacher has been removed from the classroom, and will not be in contact with any students.’

In charges read against the man, authorities accused Cruz of using a school computer and a photograph of a former student as an alias to enticed teenage boys to send him photographs, sometimes nude, in return for several thousand dollars in gift cards.

A report via heavy would note that according to the criminal complaint, Feds had been investigating Cruz since December 2014 after agents were tipped off by police in New Mexico, where Cruz is accused of soliciting explicit images from 15-year-old children.

FBI files mention five victims, with one teen telling agents that Cruz had asked for pictures of his feet and face. Even volunteering to pay up to $1600 for said images.

Another victim said that Cruz had identified himself as a ‘nerd’ with ‘a thing for jocks.’ The teacher then said that he wanted to be a ‘slave’ to one of his victims.

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In a recent interview Cruz did with the John Hopkins University’s website, the teacher told the following:

‘It is true that being an expert doesn’t automatically make one a good teacher, but one needs to have a knowledge base in order to be a great teacher…The best-planned lessons will evolve class to class because students will steer the discussion in ways one may not have anticipated…My students aren’t just my students; they are real people with real needs, and they are real people with real personalities. The more I can relate to what their needs and personalities are, the better my in-class interactions will be with them…If one isn’t active with the school community at large, then there has been a failure to understand the degree to which learning outsides occurs the classroom.’

Cruz’s bail this afternoon was set at $1 million.

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  • Edward Straker

    If you are a teacher and a coach, you need to hold yourself to a higher standard. You are a professional. ESPECIALLY you! You are in a position of trust. You can’t do anything wrong in your personal life! There will be a scandal. You CHOSE to be a trusted member of our society. Nobody MADE YOU do it. If you choose to be a teacher or a coach, you also choose to be LAWFUL. You can’t be a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!

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  • Vera City

    So many of those accused of possessing “child pornography” seem to be everyday contributing citizens: teachers, youth volunteers, doctors, policemen, lawyers; even religious or government leaders. Given these apparently stable and inoffensive people, should we not perhaps ask ourselves if what they are accused of is really all that evil and harmful?

    Scientific studies based on legitimate empirical evidence do not support the mass hysteria and moral panic that currently surrounds so-called “child pornography.” According to several objective studies, including Howitt, D (1995) Pornography and the paedophile: Is it criminogenic? British Journal of Medical Psychology, 68, 15-27, the viewing of this material is harmless and does not lead to behaviors which are currently considered to be criminal. Many – perhaps most – of those charged with possessing and viewing so-called “child pornography” have never been involved with a child. Also, the conjecture that all “pornography” is taken without consent is not borne out by empirical facts, and the delusion that children are hurt every time their image is viewed simply is not rational – the child most likely never knows about such viewings. For an essay discussing this subject published in a reputable scientific journal, see http://www.shfri.net/effects/effects.cgi

    For a free downloadable 94 page book on these issues which includes voluntary anonymous testimony from now grown former child “actors,” see http://www.shfri.net/shfp/beyond/beyond.html