Judge rules against teacher facing child porn charges seeking return to work

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A judge ruled against a Massapequa High School teacher facing child pornography charges after he and his attorney asked if he could return to work.

Joseph Zanco was hoping to work at a separate administrative building on school grounds, which would require the judge to change the conditions of his bail.

Zanco was suspended without pay last month after he was charged in federal court with allegedly having 400 images of child pornography on his home computer. He has since been under house arrest.

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Federal prosecutors objected, saying Zanco should not be allowed anywhere near teenaged girls. They say in addition to child pornography photos, Zanco was visiting webpages with titles such as "amateur preteens" and "high school underwear."

The judge said allowing him near minors would create a danger to the public. The judge said he is not allowed to be around minors pending the results of his trial.

Zanco’s attorney also said he wants the Massapequa School District to allow Zanco to work from home. The district said it "does not comment on personnel matters" but it confirmed that Zanco is no longer on the payroll.

Zanco pleaded not guilty during his arraignment last month.

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