Goodyear elementary teacher arrested on child porn charges

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – A local school teacher was arrested Thursday morning on child pornography charges.

Christopher Perez, 21, is a teacher at Mable Padgett Elementary School in Goodyear.

He reportedly specializes in teaching autistic children.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force initiated an investigation last month involving images depicting child molestation being sent over the internet.

Detectives developed a probable cause to obtain a search warrant on the suspect’s Goodyear home and reportedly found a number of images depicting child molestation involving children under the age of 10 years old.

Police say Perez admitted to having video and images of children involved in acts of molestation during an interview. He now faces 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

If anyone has further information regarding the suspect, you are encouraged to call the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at 602-650-3281.