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Substitute Teacher Accused of Having Child Porn

Phys ed teacher in South Huntington district arrested by Suffolk police.

Francesco Santodonato SCPD
Francesco Santodonato SCPD

A substitute teacher in the South Huntington school district was arrested Thursday on charges of possessing child pornography.

West Babylon resident Francesco Santodonato, a substitute physical education teacher at Maplewood, was arrested after an investigation by the Suffolk County computer crimes section. Police seized a computer and other media and an investigation found that Santodonato possessed pictures and videos of child pornography. He was arrested at his home at 4:26 p.m.

 Dr. David Bennardo, superintendent of the South Huntington school district, said police reported that there was no evidence that any children had had any physical contact.

Santodonato, 39, was charged with two counts of possession of a sexual performance of a child, and three counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child.

He was being held at the 7th Precinct stationhouse and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Friday.



concerned July 25, 2013 at 09:44 PM
He was not a sub....the district suspended him and brought him back.....
Turtle July 25, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Unreal. So this is what our out-of-control taxes are paying for?
John Corey July 27, 2013 at 12:06 AM
Yes, ABC Lady. The School Board contemplated ways to amp up your tax bill and conspired to find a substitute teacher who secretly collected child porn. You are Exhibit A as to why anonymous posting on e-news pages ought to be outlawed.
Pam Robinson (Editor) July 27, 2013 at 12:47 AM
concerned, the district continues to refer to him as a sub. Can you explain what you're talking about? thanks.
Turtle July 27, 2013 at 08:34 AM
Let me take a wild guess John that you're a teacher, on the PTA or on the School Board.
concerned July 27, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Pam...when people hear sub they think someone who is in when someone is absent. This guy was in maplewood everyday. Foil his file. He used a derogatory statement when addressing students my daughter came home and told me he was suspended. Other parents confirmed it. If he was just a substitute who bring him back after an incident like that.
concerned July 27, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Excuse the typo....why bring him back
PsychedelicSpell August 03, 2013 at 02:32 PM
ABC-Lady so you think paying lower taxes will get rid of sick units like this teacher? Well no. Even in states where the taxation for schools is not that high. Although you have to buy the books paper supplies ect like in college. You still have sick units that teach. Not all teachers are like this. But it a core problem with the teacher not a problem with the school or taxation. Its his behavior that is in question. Not the school not the taxes. Him. I am no fan of the taxes in Huntington. Because they tax us to the max and cut programs for the children as they do it. But that has nothing I mean nothing to do with the crimes this man is accused of doing.
Angie August 12, 2013 at 11:50 PM
The guy was there everyday, I know I was in his last gym class before he got arrested. I thought he was a regular teacher how is he a sub? I'm using my mom's account. We all knew there was something creepy about him, he was WAY TOO friendly with a girl in our class. Now I know why...

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