Durfee Teacher Arrested On Child Porn Charges

*Hat Tip: Phillip King

Devil: Nathaniel Jezak

A popular B.M.C. Durfee High School history teacher was arrested on Wednesday and charged with possessing child pornography, according to authorities.

Nathaniel Jezak, 34, of Fall River, was arraigned in District Court Thursday on one count of child pornography possession, according to the clerk’s office.

While prosecutors requested the pervert’s bail be set at $10,000, Judge Franco GoBourne ordered the educator held in lieu of $1,000 cash bail, according to the District Court Clerk’s Office.

The pedohile was placed on paid administrative leave last week after the district was notified the employee was the subject of a police investigation, according to Fall River Public Schools Superintendent Matthew Malone.

Authorities arrested the child porn collector at his parents’ home on Friendship Street, where he had been living, about 6:15 p.m. The criminal investigation was initiated by School Resource Officer Brandon Pacheco, who on Monday requested investigators perform a forensic examination of Jezak’s cell phone, the report states.

During the examination, authorities located “numerous” images and videos on Jezak’s cell phone that depicted juvenile girls engaged in sex acts with adults, according to the report.

Detective Lawrence Ferreira performed the forensic examination. In his report, Ferreira said he extracted images from Jezak’s phone that appeared to depict nude girls of high school age. He said he provided the images to the sergeant of School Resource Officers “for identification purposes, in the instance they are students in the Fall River School System.”

Authorities allegedly extracted at least three illicit videos from Jezak’s cell phone, the report states. Each of those video depicted an adult male or female engaging in sex acts with girls as young as 4 to 5 years old, they said.

Investigators uncovered “disturbing footage and images” that Jezak allegedly recorded on his cell phone, which he used to film himself masturbating to images of girls that were displayed on a tablet that authorities seized this week, Ferreira said in his report. It wasn’t immediately clear what, if any, evidence investigators extracted from the tablet, as a return on the search warrant had not been returned to District Court on Friday.


Jezak’s defense lawyer, Eric Goldman, of the Boston-based firm Anderson, Goldman, Tobin & Pasciucco, declined to comment.

According to Jezak’s LinkedIn profile, the 34-year-old has been employed at Fall River Public Schools since 2014, when he worked as a paraprofessional at Doran Community School, and later became a music teacher at Morton Middle School. He then worked in an administrative role at Durfee, and for the past several years taught 9th grade history at the high school.

Malone said Jezak was suspended with pay last week in line with the district’s procedure for handling a substantiated allegation of misconduct by an employee. He said school officials are working with police and are “in the middle of an active investigation.”

Jezak was active in the school community, having last spring been one of three Durfee teachers who partnered with professors from his alma mater, Bridgewater State University, on a pilot program, teaching a communications course to high school students who were working to earn college credits.

Jezak was personally recognized at a School Committee meeting in 2018 for the “instrumental” role he played assembling a band with several other district faculty members. According to a Herald News article, the effort aimed to “bridge the divide” between students and teachers, with faculty members performing alongside student musicians at a fundraiser for an end of year celebration.

According to Malone, members of the school community who learned of Jezak’s arrest were stunned.

“We’re all shocked and heartbroken that this is even an allegation,” he said.

He added, “I’m pissed. I’m pissed off. We’re better than these allegations.”


Source: https://www.heraldnews.com/news/20200515/durfee-teacher-arrested-on-child-porn-charge

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