Ex-Teacher Sentenced to 23 Years for ‘Horrendous’ Child Porn Crimes

A former teacher and coach at a Covina middle school was sentenced to more than 23 years in federal prison Monday after admitting to molesting a 14-year-old boy he met online and to creating and distributing child pornography.

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John David Boyle is shown in images provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

John David Boyle, 52, of Glendora, was an instructor and athletic coach at Royal Oak Middle School in Covina when he was confronted by authorities in June 2013, according to a new release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

He was accused of spending years collecting, trading and distributing child pornography as well as enticing underage boys online to engage in sexual conduct.

Boyle chatted online with undercover agent and set up an in-person meeting with the agent in his classroom, where he believed they would “engage in sexual activity while watching child pornography together,” according to the news release.

In his classroom, special agents from Homeland Security Investigations confronted Boyle and seized multiple digital devices containing child porn, according to a 2013 news release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Boyle was arrested shortly thereafter.

He allowed authorities to access several of his online accounts, including one from which he distributed child pornography.

Boyle admitted he molested a 14-year-old boy whom he met online, according to federal authorities. Investigators discovered that Boyle had abused at least one other underage victim in the 1980s, according to the news release.

He had pleaded guilty to enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.

“Simply put, defendant is a sexual predator, who has avoided detection by law enforcement for many years and poses an extreme danger not just to the community, but also to the most vulnerable in it … young children,” prosecutors stated in a sentencing brief.

Boyle was sentenced to 23 1/2 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson, who called the defendant’s crimes “horrendous,” saying the “damage done to the victims is incalculable.”