A Covina middle-school teacher arrested last month in an undercover sting operation in his classroom has been indicted on six counts of child exploitation, including molesting a minor and trading in child pornography.
John David Boyle, 49, of Royal Oak Middle School, was charged on Tuesday with using the Internet to entice a 14-year-old boy to engage in criminal sexual activity and then molesting him.
"Namely that means that he used the Internet, contacted the victim, set up a meeting and then molested the young boy," said assistant U.S. attorney Nicholas Trutanich.
In five other counts, Boyle was also charged with advertising, distributing, receiving, attempting to receive and possessing child pornography.
“Crimes against children violate the most vulnerable among us,” said U.S. attorney André Birotte Jr. “This case demonstrates the need for constant vigilance — both online and in our schools — to protect our children and preserve our future generations.”
Boyle was arrested on June 2 in his classroom after he allegedly arranged to have sex with an undercover agent there while watching child porn. The officer had posed as someone who shared an interest in child porn and communicated with Boyle in an Internet chat room.
Authorities seized Boyle's digital devices, which allegedly contained child pornography. After further investigation, agents identified a 14-year-old boy victim of Boyle's unlawful sexual contact, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Authorities are still trying to determine whether there have been additional victims and have asked anyone with information to call (866) 347-2423.