An elementary school teacher accused of sexting with a teenage girl no longer faces child pornography charges in Charlottesville. Federal prosecutors are now taking on the case against fourth-grade teacher at Venable Elementary School Corey Schock following a hearing Wednesday.
Wednesday afternoon's hearing only lasted about a minute. Charlottesville prosecutors dropped child porn charges, then Schock, 43, turned around and federal agents put him in handcuffs.
“Mr. Schock was taken into federal custody,” said Joseph Platania, Charlottesville assistant commonwealth’s attorney.
City prosecutors dropped the three child pornography charges against the Venable teacher.
“The judge just granted the commonwealth's motion to discontinue the state prosecution,” said Platania.
The feds are taking over the case.
A federal search warrant of Schock's Banbury Street home started Charlottesville’s involvement in the investigation last month. But that's as far as it goes, since no city children were victims.
An 11-page affidavit - filed in the U.S. Court's Eastern District of Virginia Friday - details disturbing, sexually explicit conversations Schock allegedly had with a 15-year-old girl in Woodbridge.
“A decision was made to proceed with prosecution in the Eastern District of Virginia, because that is where the victim in this case resides,” said Platania.
During the search of Schock's home, investigators say he showed them pornographic images obtained from the teen through a messaging app called Kik Messenger.
The affidavit claims Schock told detectives, "I didn't do it. I didn't know it was real."
Now, Schock faces a federal charge of coercing and enticing a minor for sexual activity. A conviction would send him to prison for at least 10 years.
Later in the afternoon on Monday, Schock faced a federal judge in Harrisonburg for an initial court appearance. He's being transferred within the next 10 days to the Eastern District Court in Alexandria for an arraignment on the federal charge.
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