The Chester County District Attorney’s Office announces the arrest of Daniel Gaudiello, age 45, of Downingtown, on 50 counts of Dissemination of Child Pornography, 50 counts of Child Pornography, and Criminal Use of a Communications Facility after Chester County Detectives found him in possession of over 200 images of child pornography. The defendant is an employee of the Philadelphia School District.
DA Deb Ryan said, “It is sickening to think of the innocent young children who were posed and photographed to satisfy the degenerate behavior of the defendant and others like him. The sexual abuse of children happens far too frequently in Chester County, and my office is determined to put a stop to it. I ask that people sign up for a Stewards of Children virtual workshop to learn how to recognize, react to, and prevent child abuse by emailing County Coordinator Kate Walters at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
According to USA Today, officials confirmed Gaudiello is an employee of the Philadelphia School District.
The district said in a statement to USA TODAY that it “takes the safety and well-being of all students placed in our care very seriously.”
“Any behavior that violates that trust is unacceptable. Upon learning of this recent matter, the District took immediate action to reassign the individual and prevent any further interaction with our students,” the school district said, adding that Gaudiello has not “actively worked as a teacher” with the district since May 19.
Gaudiello was released on a $100,000 unsecured bail. He has a preliminary hearing on July 21.
The allegations in the complaint are the following1:
In May 2021, Chester County Detectives received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Delaware County
A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.