Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Douglas Randolph Collins taught at Fernangeles Elementary School until the issue came to light last fall.

By City News Service from North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch | http://bit.ly/13Yv5IY

April 23, 2013   3:17 pm  ::  A former fifth-grade teacher at a Sun Valley elementary school was arrested Tuesday for allegedly possessing child pornography.

Douglas Randolph Collins was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court on one count of possession of matter depicting a minor in sexual conduct, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Collins taught fifth-grade at Fernangeles Elementary School, but was removed from the classroom in October when the allegations first came to light, according to the Los Angeles Unified School District. He was arrested at the Van Nuys Educational Service Center, where he was assigned after being removed from classes.

According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the 46-year-old Valencia man allegedly ordered child pornography online and received it through the mail.

Fernangeles parents were notified about the arrest through a letter and telephone calls, according to the LAUSD. Collins began his LAUSD career at Fernangeles in 1997. Crisis counselors will be at the school Wednesday, according to the district.

The charge does not involve any students at the school, officials said.

"Parents and guardians entrust their children to LAUSD, and we must take every precaution to ensure their safety at our schools," LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said. "No teacher or employee interested in child pornography belongs in the district."

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Sun Valley teacher arrested at LAUSD Van Nuys office on child-porn charges

Pasadena Star-News

A fifth-grade teacher at Fernangeles Elementary School in Sun Valley was arrested today by federal authorities on charges of possessing child pornography, officials said. Douglas Randolph Collins, 46, of Valencia, was taken into custody at a Los Angeles ...

LA Unified teacher arrested for alleged child porn possession

Los Angeles Times

In a statement, school board member Nury Martinez assured parents the district “took swift action to remove the teacher from the classroom and notified the Fernangeles community as soon as law enforcement had notified us that he was under investigation.”

“As a mother and a school board member, I was outraged to once again discover an LAUSD teacher charged with a crime against children,” she said.

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Los Angeles Times

A Los Angeles Unified School District teacher was arrested and charged Tuesday with possession of child pornography after he allegedly ordered and received through the mail sexually explicit DVDs of children, officials said. Douglas Randolph Collins, 46, ...

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