Former teacher faces child porn charges

March 05, 2009|By Arin Gencer

A former Baltimore County teacher sentenced to a year and a half in jail for a sex offense against a 13-year-old student now faces federal child pornography charges, according to U.S. District Court documents.

Timothy N. Gounaris, 52, of the first block of Cardor Court in Perry Hall, is scheduled for a detention hearing Monday. Gounaris was arrested Friday after the FBI found evidence that he was sharing image and video files of "minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct" on the Internet, court documents said.

In July 2007, Gounaris was sentenced to the Baltimore County Detention Center for a third-degree sex offense against a 13-year-old girl at Pine Grove Middle School, where he had been a teacher. He was released in July 2008. After leaving the county schools amid questions about his conduct, Gounaris was hired by Baltimore City schools, which fired him in April 2007.

If convicted on the latest charges, Gounaris could face a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 20, said a spokeswoman for the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.

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