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What ever happened to the Frank Case case?

April 13, 2007

QUESTION: There’s been nothing in the I.V. Press about the teacher Frank Case, who was arrested for possessing child porn.

What happened to him? Was there ever a trial? If so, what was the result?

And, if so, why wasn’t it covered in the paper? I remember it being a big deal when the news broke a couple of years ago. — CURIOUS, Imperial County

We were a little curious about what happened to this case as well.

George Frank Case, an English teacher at Southwest High School and Imperial Valley College, was accused of possessing child pornography in November 2004.

The misdemeanor charge stemmed from a child pornography Internet ring being investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Federal agents searched Case’s home and found child pornography on his computer.

Initially Case pleaded not guilty and the setting of a trial date got tied up in the courts because of issues on both sides, the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office said.

We last reported on the case in 2005 and the last word from Defense Attorney Robert Espinosa was that his client was not guilty.

There was also disagreement about an alleged recorded confession that Espinosa said was not credible.

Case, in the meantime, was put on unpaid administrative leave from both schools.

Since then, it turns out, Case pleaded guilty but will not serve any additional jail time. The case was settled March 17.

Case also was sentenced to three years probation and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. But for a misdemeanor charge like this, Deputy District Attorney Deborah Owen said Case’s information may only be visible to law enforcement and not the public.

A search on the Megan’s Law Web site and a national sex offender registry doesn’t turn anything up under Case’s name.

At the time the local DA’s Office took over because the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego chose not to prosecute case because Case didn’t produce or distribute the images.

We’re not aware whether Case still lives in the area but DA officials said they believe he has moved.

With a number of high-profile trials making their way through the courts system right now and with this being a misdemeanor case, despite being a well-known one, we missed this one. Our bad.

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