Former high school math teacher pleads guilty to child pornography charge

Former high school math teacher pleads guilty to child pornography charge

A former Brashear High School math teacher must register as a sex offender after he pleaded guilty to one count of child pornography.

Adam Deutsch, of Allison Park, was sentenced to three years' probation and 15 years on the sex offender registry during a non-jury trial.

As part of a plea agreement, Deutsch pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography as well as several drug charges. The district attorney's office and a judge determined that probation and registering as a sex offender were a suitable punishment.

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Investigators said they found about 50 images and 30 videos depicting child pornography on his flash drive after obtaining a search warrant in September. They also found more than 5 grams of methamphetamine and scales in his home.

Deutsch admitted to having a problem and told investigators that he downloaded the images.

"The evidence was overwhelming and, quite honestly, he's been very cooperative with law enforcement all the way through," said Charles Lopresti, Deutsch's attorney.

In addition to probation and sex offender registry, Deutsch is required to attend therapy and counseling related to drugs and child pornography.

A Pittsburgh Public Schools official confirmed that Deutsch resigned from Brashear High School in September.

"It's a relief he's out of the school, but I feel sorry that there are people out there like that in the world. He's a sick guy," said Vincent Howze, a parent.  "I've got kids and I wouldn't want anybody to do that to my kids. It's disgusting."

WPXI legal analyst Phil DiLucente said it's not uncommon for a child pornography charge not to carry a jail sentence, considering that Deutsch is a first-time offender, didn't touch anyone underage and had a relatively small amount of pornography.