A Bronx day care teacher has been accused of possessing and distributing child pornography.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and other officials announced Thursday that Joshua Conde has been arrested by Homeland Security agents.
Conde was a part-time employee of Bronx House, where he worked in the "homework room" with three or four other adult employees who help kids with homework.
The criminal complaint says an investigator traced an IP address at Conde's home to a child pornography file sharing network. It says graphic images found on his computer show young girls performing sex acts with men.
Bronx House, a community center that provides programs for about 250 children in kindergarten through fifth grade, fired him Wednesday after the charges were revealed. He had been working there about a year.
Bronx House Executive Director Howard Martin said there was no evidence that any children there were "exposed to any inappropriate material." He said Conde was checked by fingerprints and no issues turned up.
The defendant appeared Wednesday in Manhattan federal court.
His attorney, Brian Pakett, said Conde pleaded not guilty and "is fighting the charges and looks forward to his day in court.''
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