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Authorities follow leads in porn case

William Ferchland
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About six solid leads arrived to El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Don Atkinson regarding a former teacher accused of trafficking child pornography who had repeated access to children outside of school.

Describing Wednesday as “nothing more than gathering initial information,” Atkinson said the investigation into Karsten Gronwold is looking into sexual contact Gronwold might have had with children in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

“These are children he would had access to as a citizen, not as a teacher,” Atkinson said.



Gronwold was a teacher in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District since 1990. He was set to teach second grade this year at the Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School.

“This is all focused on children outside of school,” Atkinson added.



Gronwold pleaded not guilty to his federal charge when he appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento. Deemed a flight risk and a danger to the community, he is being held without bail in Sacramento County main jail.

He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. in federal court.

Atkinson guessed the investigation could last a few weeks to several months. The federal investigation involved the Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. The task force looked into Yahoo! and myspace.com accounts tied to Gronwold that held images of children engaged in sexual acts, authorities said.

An affidavit stated the person behind the accounts had a fondness for trading the explicit images and wearing boys’ cartoon underwear. Gronwold is accused of possessing, creating and distributing child pornography.


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