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C'ville to Drop Child Porn Case, Venable Teacher to Face Federal Charges

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) - Charlottesville prosecutors are dropping child porn charges against an elementary school teacher as he is charged in federal court. As details are emerging in the federal case against 43-year-old Corey Schock, we have uncovered startling accusations in the case - some that allegedly happened at Venable Elementary School in Charlottesville.

In February, Schock, a fourth-grade teacher at Venable Elementary School, was charged in Charlottesville Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court with two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of using a communications system to solicit child pornography. The charges came after police searched his home on a federal warrant. Click here for more on his arrest.

Now Charlottesville prosecutors are dropping their charges as Schock is facing a federal coercion and enticement charge in United States District Court.

Charlottesville prosecutors plan to drop the charges against Schock Wednesday, saying no city children were involved. The feds say that is true, but Schock did take inappropriate pictures of himself inside Venable Elementary School.

An 11-page federal affidavit paints a disturbing picture of Schock and the inappropriate virtual sexual relationship he had with a 15-year-old girl from Woodbridge, Virginia.

The affidavit lists details of the interaction between Schock and the juvenile, saying she repeatedly sent him pornographic videos of herself with sex toys and he responded with pictures and words of encouragement.

According to the affidavit, between November and December of last year, Schock sent nude pictures of himself, some taken from inside a bathroom at Venable Elementary where he taught, and others from the home he shared with his wife and her children.

The federal affidavit also says Schock routinely engaged underage females in sexually explicit online chats dating back to September 2011.

Federal prosecutors say Schock used the Kik Messenger and Snapchat apps to communicate with the teenage girl and that he knew she was underage. The relationship was uncovered when the girl's mom turned her phone over to police.

Beth Cheuk of Charlottesville City Schools issued the following statement Tuesday:

"We learned of these developments today. It's important to remember that investigators still believe that there has been no inappropriate contact with any minor in Charlottesville. This afternoon, we have been contacting parents of current and former Venable students by phone and by email to inform them of this recent information. We will have counselors on hand at Venable School tomorrow for parents to stop by if they wish to speak with someone. During this difficult time, we wish to be forthright and supportive of our community."

Schock, who earned a Golden Apple Award in 2010, is now on administrative leave without pay from Charlottesville City Schools. 

Schock is currently behind bars at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.  The hearing in Charlottesville Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court is scheduled for 1:30 Wednesday afternoon.

There is no word yet on when his case will be heard in federal court.  If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison.
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