Tucson middle school teacher arrested on child porn charge - Tucson News Now

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Tucson middle school teacher arrested on child porn charge

Ryan Bono. (Source: ICE) Ryan Bono. (Source: ICE)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Tucson-area middle school teacher has been arrested on a child porn charge, federal authorities said.

According to an ICE news release, Ryan Bono made his first court appearance on Wednesday, April 5.

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Bono, of Oro Valley, was a language arts teacher at Math And Science Success Academy and a youth soccer coach. His bio has been removed from the school's website.

Kim Chayka, Co-CEO of the Math and Science Success Academy released the following statement: 

Our entire school family is grieving through this process. Thankfully, preliminary evidence shows that MASSA students have not been in danger or involved in circumstances leading to the arrest. We follow all laws for hiring of school staff including obtaining fingerprint clearance cards from the Department of Public Safety and even go beyond with background and reference checks to ensure the safety of students. In this case in particular, the employee's fingerprint clearance card was in fact valid even at the time of the arrest. We remain united and committed to the safety of our students and our focus on providing families an excellent education. 

Authorities said they found "multiple videos depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct" on Bono's computer.

The 36-year-old Bono is facing one count of distributing child pornography.

ICE said preliminary evidence suggests that no one coached or taught by Bono was a victim.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or use the form HERE.

If convicted, Bono faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

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