Fifty-three-year-old David Checchio, a special education teacher in Cumberland County, faces possible jail time and thousands in fines if convicted.
By Matt Skoufalos | September 28, 2023
A Haddon Township man has been charged with third-degree endangering the welfare of a child after a search of his home revealed child sexual abuse materials.
Fifty-three-year-old David Checchio, who works as a special education teacher at Cumberland Regional High School, was arrested Tuesday after a search of his home, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO).
Commonly referred to as child pornography, the term “child sexual abuse materials” is preferred by law enforcement because it reinforces that “underlying every sexually explicit image or video of a child is abuse, rape, molestation, and/or exploitation,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Checchio was arrested after an investigation led by the CCPO High Tech Crimes Unit, Haddon Township Police, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations.
If convicted, the maximum penalty for those offenses is as much as a $15,000 fine and five years in prison. Checchio could also face compulsory registration in the Megan’s Law sex offended database and potential lifetime parole supervision.
All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent unless and until convicted in a court of law. An arrest is not a conviction.
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