Troy Czukoski, former Springton Lake Elementary School principal charged with possessing child pornography
PHILADELPHIA Former Phoenixville Area Middle School Principal Troy Czukoski was sentenced to two years in a federal penitentiary for possession of child pornography following a daylong hearing Thursday before U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis.
, 43, who entered an open guilty plea to one count of possession of child pornography in May, will also have 10 years of supervised release, pay a $10,000 fine and register as a sex offender under Megans Law.
Rotella said law enforcement first became aware of Czukoski
after serving a search warrant on a website selling child pornography DVDs in May 2011.
appeared in a customer database as having placed 13 orders totaling 49 DVDs and CDs.
Czukoski, who is married with three children aged 7 to 12 years old, had most recently served as a principal in the Rose Tree Media School District in Delaware County for just 14 weeks before his resignation in March, shortly before the criminal information was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
He gave a list of other teaching and administrative jobs he had held over his 19-year career to the judge Thursday, most of which were at middle schools in principal positions.
Though there was no evidence of Czukoski
ever mistreating a child in any district he
worked in, Rotella said his
chosen profession gave him supervisory control and direct contact with the same age group he
had been collecting images and video of for years.
Its like putting someone whos a drug addict in a room full of cocaine every day and then thinking its just a coincidence that theyre in there, she
also said that he
knew what he
was doing was immoral, but did not know it was illegal at the time.
I cant express to this court and all those in attendance how confused and bewildered I am that I let myself go down this pathway, said Czukoski
, who claims to have been a victim of child sexual abuse himself at age 8.
was supposed to be a child advocate and protect those under his
care, and yet, inexplicably to myself, I contributed to the exploitation of children.
But Rotella said it was unbelievable that Czukoski
, who had been specifically trained to spot child abuse in students and alert authorities, would not know his actions were illegal adding that the materials had been hidden in a paint can in the attic of his home under insulation.
When the judge gave Czukoski
an opportunity to say how he
believed the children in those images had been damaged, he
said only that they had been exploited for monetary gain by others.