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Milford Middle School principal caught up in child pornography investigation

Posted by Ralph Ranalli February 25, 2007 08:02 AM


A middle school principal has been placed on paid leave after federal authorities seized his work computer during a child pornography investigation, stunning school officials and unnerving parents in town.

School and police officials confirmed yesterday that Joseph Pfeil , the principal of Middle School East, is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to a law enforcement source, federal agents have targeted Pfeil on suspicion of child pornography possession, and also seized a computer at his North Providence home, Peter Schworm reports in today's Globe.

No charges have been filed. The source, who has been involved in the investigation, asked not to be identified, citing the sensitive nature of the ongoing case.

School officials placed Pfeil on leave after learning about the investigation Thursday. Milford's superintendent of schools, Thomas J. Davoren , announced that he plans to meet with school personnel and students tomorrow morning to address the situation, and counselors will be on hand to help students. A forum for parents is scheduled for Wednesday night, according to the town's School Committee chairman, Pacifico DeCapua Jr. , who yesterday assured parents there was no evidence that Pfeil had mistreated students.

There have been no complaints about inappropriate behavior during Pfeil's approximately six-year tenure, DeCapua said. About 330 eighth-graders attend the school.

Attempts to reach Pfeil at his home were unsuccessful. You can read more about the controversy in today's Globe.

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