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FBI arrests teacher on child porn charges

STARKSBORO - Will Parini, a 28-year-old music teacher, who divided his teaching time between Bristol Elementary School and Robinson Elementary School, has been arrested by the FBI on federal child pornography charges.

According to an FBI affidavit, Parini - using the pseudonym "Bill Monday" - had been communicating with a 12-year-old boy in San Antonio, Texas who he met on a Russian Web site. The unidentified boy sent pornographic images of himself and other children to 44 people, including Parini. Federal authorities have described the images as "horrific."

FBI agents searched Parini's Starksboro home on March 10 and seized a laptop computer. Parini insisted that no child pornography would be found, but he ended the interview and requested a lawyer when asked about the "Bill Monday" account.

The news was a shock to the students and staff at both schools, as well as to the broader community. Parini's attorney, Peter Langrock, has assured school officials that there is no link to any local children, but Assistant Attorney Christina Nolan, who is prosecuting the case, expressed concern that Magistrate Judge John Conroy's decision to release Parini could be dangerous to the children of Addison County.

"There is a grave danger that Parini will reach for them rather than his mouse to satisfy his sexual desire. This is a risk that society simply cannot afford," she wrote in a motion for detention.

Parini lives in Starksboro, about a quarter of a mile from Robinson Elementary School.

Judge Conroy did establish strict constraints on Parini as a condition of his release. He is currently under home detention and must wear an electronic monitoring device. Any contact with children under the age of 18 must be approved by probation officials, and he is forbidden to use a computer without supervision by his wife or another responsible adult.

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