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Teacher who worked with special needs students sentenced in child porn case

A 63-year-old Sacramento man who taught at schools throughout the Central Valley was sentenced to nine years in prison for receipt and distribution of child pornography.

Jack Mootz, formerly of Fresno, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Dale A Drozd in federal court in Fresno.

The judge also imposed a 15-year term of supervised release during which Mootz will be required to register as a sex offender, and his access to the internet, computers and children will be restricted, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Mootz was indicted in Fresno in March and pleaded guilty without a plea agreement on May 31.

He had been employed in numerous school districts throughout Central California, often working with special needs students, the news release said. Mootz had been living in Fresno but moved to Sacramento after a search warrant was executed at his residence in 2014.

According to court documents, a law enforcement officer in Plano, Texas, discovered that Mootz was sharing thousands of images of child pornography through the BitTorrent network. Most of the images depicted children as young as infants and toddlers being sexually abused by adults.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation offices in Dallas and Fresno, as well as the Plano Police Department.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy