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Cobb County Music Teacher Arrested for Child Pornography

July 23, 2013

Todd Skrabanek, a musician and music teacher, was arrested and charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.

Skrabanek is a Marietta resident who has worked as an accompanist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church choir, among other groups. Additionally, Skrabanek gives piano lessons to children in the metro Atlanta area.

An Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation led Cobb County police to obtain a search warrant for Skrabanek’s condo. Upon searching the condo and examining his computers, police say that they found evidence that he possessed child pornography and that he was distributing it on the internet. Skrabanek was subsequently arrested.

Police have not been specific as to the evidence they found, and investigation into the matter is ongoing. Based on these reports, it appears that this may be an allegation that files were downloaded using a peer-to-peer file sharing program (such as eMule or Shareaza). In these cases, the police will routinely accuse a person of distributing child pornography when, in reality, the files were just being stored in the file sharing program’s public folder. Thus, to say that these files are being distributed just because they are in the user’s public folder is not quite accurate. It remains to be seen what the evidence is so we will wait until more details become available.

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