Fairfax County, VA – A Virginia middle school teacher was arrested last week and charged with having child sexual abuse material on her social media.
The investigation began on May 17 when Fairfax County police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that someone in their county had child pornography on their Snapchat, FOX News reported.
Fairfax County police detectives tracked the IP address for the Snapchat account back to an apartment of 28-year old Kristine Knizner in the 6800-block of Meteor Place in Springfield, WJLA reported.
Investigators determined that Knizner lived alone at the residence.
Police executed a search warrant at the science teacher’s apartment and child pornography pictures and videos were found on several of her social media apps, according to FOX News.
Police arrested Knizner and charged her with two counts of possession of child pornography, WJLA reported.
She was booked into the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and later released on a $2,000 unsecured bond.
Knizner is a general science teacher at Irving Middle School in Springfield, according to WJLA.
She was a teacher at Key Middle School in Franconia prior to teaching at Irving.
Police have said the victims in the child sex abuse pornography do not appear to be related to the schools where she taught, WJLA reported.
#Breaking Fairfax County Public Schools teacher, Kristine Knizner, 28, of Springfield, arrested and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography. At the time of her arrest, Knizner was working as a teacher at Irving Middle School in Springfield. #FairfaxCountyPD pic.twitter.com/uIPi6ipK3o
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Irving Middle School administrators sent a letter to parents on May 18 that said Knizner had been placed on leave while the allegations against her were investigated, WTOP reported.
“While investigators have not identified any offenses related to FCPS students, FCPS is cooperating with police as they investigate this serious matter,” the letter read.
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) said it was working to make counselors and social workers available to families in the Irving and Key Middle School communities, according to WTOP.
The school also said counselors and social workers would be made available for students and their families.