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UPDATE: Dubuque Elementary principal facing child porn charge fired

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A Dubuque elementary school principal facing a federal child porn charge has been terminated from his job.  At an emergency meeting Saturday morning, the Dubuque School Board voted 6-0 to fire 43-year-old Robert Burke.  Superintended Larie Godinez had recommended the action after what she said was Burke's admission of guilt.

Burke is charged with one count of receipt of child pornography. The complaint was filed Friday in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.

Burke was the principal at Sageville Elementary School in Dubuque

The Complaint alleges that Burke used a computer and the Internet to receive images of child pornography between January and June of this year.

According to the complaint, an FBI agent in Washington D.C. downloaded eight images of child pornography from a computer that was later traced to Burke's home.

The U.S. Attorney's Offices says that during an interview on Friday, Burke admitted he had placed a hidden video camera in a boys' bathroom at the school, and the camera had produced video images of students who were using the bathroom.

Burke says he did not touch any children in a sexual manner.

If convicted, Burke faces between 5 and 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and at least 5 years of supervised release following any prison sentence.

Dr. Larie Godinez released the following statement concerning the charge against Burke:

June 3, 2011

PRINCIPAL INVOLVED IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

This afternoon the District received notification that Robert Burke, Principal of Sageville Elementary School, was arrested and the following charges were filed:

Knowingly receiving and attempting to receive child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§2252(a)(2) and 2252(b)(1).

This is an ongoing federal investigation and we are fully cooperating with authorities.

Parents who have questions and/or information regarding this matter should call the U.S. Attorney's Office at 319-363-6333.

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