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United Church of Christ

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Director of the Sunday School Program

Edwards Church

Director of Christian Education

Edwards Church

Kindergarten Teacher

People's Institute

Sunday School Teacher

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Communities struggling with arrest

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EASTHAMPTON - The communities where Edgar "Ned" L. Selavka lived and worked yesterday struggled to come to grips with his arrest on child pornography possession charges.

At Treehouse at Easthampton Meadows, the foster family and elder residential community where Selavka lived with his family, and at the Center for Early Childhood Education at Smith College's Fort Hill, where he had taught since August, meetings were held to discuss the allegations.
Selavka, 49, of 7 Treehouse Circle, Apt. 2, Easthampton, was arrested on Thursday afternoon after he turned himself to police.He pleaded innocent to 11 counts of possession of child pornography in Northampton District Court and he is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail at the Hampshire County jail.
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On Sunday, Selavka reported that his backpack had been stolen from the Edwards Church in Northampton where he was director of the Sunday school program.A short time later, his checkbook that had been in the backpack and an array of pornographic collages, each labeled and in its own plastic container, were found scattered around a stall in the men's rest room of Thorne's Marketplace.
Selavka was suspended from his job as director of Christian education at Edwards Church, which is a member of United Church of Christ, according to Scott W. Anderson, of Easthampton, church moderator.
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Selavka held the position for less than two years, and previously assisted at the church, Anderson said.
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Selavka, a preschool assistant teacher, was placed on leave on Wednesday when the school learned of the police investigation.
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At Treehouse, where Selavka lived with his wife, Pamela, a 7-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old foster daughter who was removed from the home by the state, a community meeting was held yesterday afternoon attended by 35 to 40 people, said Cosmo Macero Jr., a spokesman for Treehouse.


TeacherCrimes.com - Teachers arrested for sex crimes with students in Massachusetts

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Edgar Selavka

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Edgar Selavka Former preschool teacher Edgar L. Selavka will spend one year in jail after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.
Selavka, 50, of Easthampton, worked with young children at the People's Institute and the Center for Early Childhood Education at Smith College. He was also the director of Christian education at Edwards Church.
He pleaded guilty in April to 11 counts of possession of child pornography in Hampshire Superior Court. Selavka was sentenced today to 2½ years in the Hampshire County Correctional Center, with one year to be served and the rest suspended with seven years of probation.


GazetteNET.com » Newsroom Blog

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Edgar Selavka, who faces charges of child pornography possession after allegedly pornographic pictures were found in his stolen backpack Sunday.

NORTHAMPTON - A preschool teacher with connections to a Northampton church and other institutions that involve young people pleaded innocent Thursday to 11 charges of possessing child pornography.
Edgar L. Selavka, 49, of 7 Treehouse Circle, Apt. 2, in Easthampton was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail and $50,000 surety after his arraignment in Northampton District Court.
Police arrested him at 2 p.m. Thursday when he turned himself in to police after an investigation.Selavka had reported that his backpack was stolen Sunday from the Edwards Church in Northampton, where he had been working as director of religious education.The contents were found soon after in a stall in a men's bathroom at Thornes Marketplace.The contents appeared to include nine collages of photographs of children, some of which authorities termed pornographic, and two computer disks with pornographic images.
He is now on administrative leave from two jobs that put him in contact with children: at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill, where he worked as a preschool teacher, and from the Edwards Church religious education program.Selavka had previously worked at People's Institute on Gothic Street in Northampton for three years as a kindergarten teacher.
As a condition of his eventual release, Selavka was ordered to stay away from the Edwards Church, the Fort Hill program and the People's Institute.In addition, he was barred from any contact with youngsters under 18 years of age, and any contact he has with his own children must be supervised.
Prosecutor Renee L. Steese told Northampton District Court judge William B. McDonough Thursday that Selavka admitted to using a computer at Edwards Church to view pornography.
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A Smith College spokeswoman told the Gazette that Selavka was suspended from his position as an assistant teacher at the preschool on Wednesday, after the school learned of the investigation.
Stolen backpackAccording to court documents, Selavka reported to police on Sunday at 12:11 p.m. that his knapsack had been stolen from an office at Edwards Church.The knapsack contained his checkbook and other items.
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Out of the non-pornographic images, several photos were of a girl who had been a student of Selavka's when he worked as a kindergarten teacher at the People's Institute.
One of the disks found by police contained curriculum from Edwards Church and documents written by Selavka.A second disk contained 25 images of child pornography and a third contained 59 images of child pornography.
Interviewed by police, Selavka initially denied ownership of the pornographic material, but when he was interviewed a second time, Selavka admitted all of the property was his, according to reports.Selavka also admitted he used computers both at Edwards Church, where he was employed as a Sunday school teacher, and at his home to access web sites with child pornography.According to court documents, Selavka had made the collages for sexual purposes.
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A social worker is expected to speak to parents about ways to help their children understand why Selavka is no longer at the school."Most of the concern is how to answer questions," she said of the program's parents.
Cole said police have told the school that there is no evidence that children attending Fort Hill were depicted in pornographic photographs that Selavka allegedly had in his possession.
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Fort Hill itself had encountered no problems with Selavka, Cole said.
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Selavka was hired to work full time for the program last August.


News of the weird: Choice Embryos, License Parenting?,"inappropriate physical behavior," more: News of the Weird: BadHabits: Creative Loafing Atlanta

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2) Sunday school teacher Edgar Selavka, 49, was arrested after he reported to police in Northampton, Mass., in January that someone had stolen his backpack from church; shortly afterward, police found the backpack in a nearby restroom, with its contents on the floor, including at least 11 child-pornography photos.


SPRINGFIELD - Former preschool teacher ...

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SPRINGFIELD - Former preschool teacher Edgar L. Selavka will spend one year in jail after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.

Selavka, 50, of Easthampton, worked with young children at the People's Institute and the Center for Early Childhood Education at Smith College.He was also the director of Christian education at Edwards Church.
He pleaded guilty in April to 11 counts of possession of child pornography in Hampshire Superior Court.Selavka was sentenced today to 2½ years in the Hampshire County Correctional Center, with one year to be served and the rest suspended with seven years of probation.

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