A former teacher at the Elmira Christian Academy was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to 7 years in federal prison on multiple child pornography charges.
Howard Brooks was convicted of receipt, attempted distribution and four counts of possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors. He was arrested in August of 2015 following the execution of a federal search warrant at his Elmira residence. As agents arrived to execute the warrant, Brooks attempted to flush several thumb drives containing child porn down the toilet. The Chemung County Dept. of Public Works was able to recover the drives from the sewer under Brooks’ home and after being forensically analyzed, it was determined they contained hundreds of child pornography videos and pictures.
Brooks was indicted on the charges by a federal grand jury in March 2016.