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Felony child porn count against teacher reduced to misdemeanor

Valencia man pleads guilty; will not have to register as sex offender

Posted: July 31, 2013 6:22 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2013 6:22 p.m.

A Los Angeles Unified School District teacher and Valencia resident was put on three years’ probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of advertising obscene matter, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said Wednesday.

Douglas Randolph Collins, 46, was originally charged with section 311.11 of the California penal code, a felony charge involving child pornography.

But he was allowed to plead no contest to section 311.5, a misdemeanor count, in San Fernando Superior Court last week, Dávila-Morales said.

“He was immediately sentenced to three years probation and 10 days community service,” she said. “And he was ordered to pay $140 in restitution.”

Collins will not have to register as a sex offender, she added.

The amended section to which Collins pleaded states: “Every person who writes, creates or solicits the publication or distribution of advertising or other promotional material, or who in any manner promotes, the sale, distribution, or exhibition of matter represented or held out by him to be obscene, is guilty of a misdemeanor.”

Collins was arrested in April at the Van Nuys Educational Service Center and charged with possession of child pornography, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

He worked as a 5th grade teacher at Fernangeles Elementary from 2004 through 2010, according to Los Angeles Teacher Ratings, a teacher performance database maintained by the Los Angeles Time.

A month after his arrest, Collins pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him.

Although prosecuted by the District Attorney, the investigation into Collins was joined by several other agencies, including the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Los Angeles School Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department, with assistance provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Joint Regional Intelligence Center.
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