December 19, 2014

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Suspended Lorain teacher indicted

LORAIN — A suspended Lorain elementary school teacher has been indicted on federal child pornography charges.

Edward Dembiec, 53, was charged by way of information, according to a news release Monday from U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio Steven Dettelbach’s office. An information typically is filed when a defendant plans to enter a plea in a case rather than contesting the charges.

The complaint accuses Dembiec of possessing “an Apple iMac Desktop computer, an Acer Aspire Laptop computer, and numerous DVD/CD discs that contained child pornography.”

Lorain Schools Superintendent Tom Tucker said the district was aware of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigation and that Dembiec has been on paid leave for the past year. He said district attorneys are reviewing what steps to take to terminate Dembiec.

Tucker said Dembiec has been a teacher with Lorain Schools since the 1980s and taught fifth and sixth grades, most recently at Helen Steiner Rice Elementary.

He said the district isn’t aware of any evidence of Dembiec doing anything inappropriate with students or on school property.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.