ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) - An elementary school teacher from Herndon has been indicted by a federal grand jury for receiving and possessing child pornography, according to Neil H. MacBride, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Robert Fenn, 27, of Herndon, taught at Poplar Tree Elementary School in Chantilly, Va., prior to his arrest on related state charges in June 2012.
Fenn was indicted on one count of receipt of child pornography, which carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison; and one count of possession of child pornography, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, if convicted.
According to court records, Fenn was allegedly identified through an international initiative named Operation Gondola, which originated with Italian law enforcement investigating a website that offered access to child pornographic images and/or video identified by the domain name "liberalmorality.com."
Court records allege that Fenn was among those who accessed this website and a search of his computer found numerous videos and images of children enduring various forms of sexual abuse.
The indictment specifically alleges that Fenn received child pornography from March 3, 2012 through May 6, 2012, and was found to have possessed child pornography on June 12, 2012.