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Associated Press, Published June 16 2010

Preschool program worker charged with possessing child porn

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Hennepin Technical College spokesperson says a student enrolled in its child development program who's accused of possessing child pornography passed a background check necessary to work in it's program for preschoolers.

A criminal complaint accuses 26-year-old Shawn Godfrey of Plymouth of possessing more than 7,600 photos on his computer and more than 170 videos of child pornography.

College spokeswoman Carole Carlson says some photos confiscated by police were taken at the preschool facility. Carlson says Godfrey worked with the 3- to 5-year-old children as part of the college's child development curriculum, but left the school last November.

She says the college sent a letter Wednesday to parents of the preschoolers enrolled urging them to contact the school or police with any questions.

Godfrey did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.