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Female Virginia science teacher, 28, is charged with possession of child pornography after cops ‘find photos and videos of sex abuse on Snapchat’
- Kristine Knizer, 28, a general science teacher at Irving Middle School in Springfield, Virginia, is facing two counts of possession of child pornography
- Fairfax County police said they received a tip on Tuesday from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
- They said someone with a Fairfax IP address was in possession of child pornography and an investigation located the IP address to Knizer’s home
- Police then determined Knizer lives at the home alone
- None of the victims appeared to be her students
- She is facing two counts of possession of child pornography and has been suspended from her job
Kristine Knizer, 28, is facing two felony counts of possession of child pornography
A Virginia middle school teacher was arrested last week after police found child pornography associated with her Snapchat account.
Kristine Knizer, 28, a general science teacher at Washington Irving Middle School in Springfield now finds herself facing two felony counts of possession of child pornography.
Fairfax County police said they received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that someone with a Fairfax County IP address was in possession of child pornography photos and videos on Tuesday.
An ensuing investigation found that the IP address was connected to Knizer’s home in Springfield, and detectives later determined she lives at the house alone.
They then found the photos and videos of child sexual abuse on her social media.
Police say none of the victims appear to be her students at Irving Middle School, where she taught general science, nor from her previous employment at Key Middle School in Franconia.
Knizer has now been released from an Adult Detention Center on a $2,000 unsecured bond.
It is unclear if she has an attorney who can speak on her behalf.
Knizer works as a general science teacher at Irving Middle School in Springfield, Virginia
School officials said in a letter to parents that Knizer has been suspended from her job, and school officials are cooperating with the police in their investigation
In a letter to parents following Knizer’s arrest, WTOP reports, school officials said they were made aware of the charges against her – and she is now on leave.
‘While investigators have not identified any offenses related to [Fairfax County Public Schools] students, FCPS is cooperating with police as they investigate this serious matter,’ the letter read.
School officials also noted that counselors and social workers will be made available to students and their families.
In the meantime, police say they would like to hear from anyone with information about any other cases involving Knizer.
Those with information are encouraged to call the Fairfax County Police Department’s Major Crimes Bureay at (703) 246 – 7800 and press option 6.
Tips can also be submitted anonymously by calling 866-411-TIPS or texting ‘FCCS’ and ‘tips’ to 84741.