Former principal facing child porn charge

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A former church choir director, teacher, and principal was formally charged Tuesday after police found more than 100 child pornography images and movie files at his Fort Wayne home.

The investigation began in December of 2011 after a detective for the Internet Crimes Against Children Division found 25 images that were listed as files of interest in child pornography investigations by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A subpoena to Comcast Cable showed that the subscriber was Kenneth C. Rogner, 63, of Fort Wayne.

Police issued a search warrant for Rogner’s home in July of 2012 following further investigation. Detectives found 18 movie files and 85 still images on all of Rogner’s digital media in his home, according to an affidavit for probable cause.

Rogner agreed to be interviewed by police without a lawyer present. Rogner told police he was a teacher for 25 years and then a principal at Lutheran Christian Schools for three years. He also said he worked as a full-time choir musician and director at his church.

Rogner admitted to police he used a file sharing program to download pornography, bestiality, and child pornography. He said he would search for a certain term, click on it, and then delete it.

According to the probable cause, Rogner told police, “I know why I am here…it’s an addiction I personally have been fighting and I know it’s wrong.”

He admitted he had been looking at child porn for about four or five years on and off.

Rogner was formally charged with one count of possession of child pornography, a class D felony. As of Tuesday, Rogner was not listed in the Allen County Jail.

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