Ex-principal found with child porn

Longtime educator was charges with 12 counts of possession

Posted: Friday, January 26, 2007

ANCHORAGE - A former principal who has worked in schools throughout Alaska was arraigned Wednesday on charges of possessing thousands of images of child pornography on several home computers.

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Frederick Deussing, 64, was charged with 12 counts of possessing child pornography.

Video footage and photos seized in Deussing's home included bestiality and bondage involving babies and young children and an animated video intended to introduce children to having sex with adults, prosecutors said.

Investigators also found a video of a woman being killed. Police were uncertain whether the slaying was real.

Ultimately, police seized several computers belonging to Deussing and found thousands of images of minors, including infants and toddlers, engaged in sex acts with adults. Deussing has not been charged with sex abuse.

Deussing was assistant principal at the Heritage Christian School for several months before resigning for personal reasons in December, an administrator for the school said Wednesday.

Deussing has also worked as an educator in Galena, Noorvik and Anderson, according to his resume, which police also found on his computer.

Police said a computer store technician found the images in November after Deussing brought his laptop in for repairs. The technician also happened to be a full-time computer specialist for the FBI.

Detective Mark Thomas said most of the images were downloaded from the Internet. He did not know if any of the children were Alaskan.

Patrick Hadley, administrator of the Heritage Christian School, a South Anchorage school with 175 students, said the charges were surprising.

"My goodness, I need to pray for him," he said. "It's an awful thing to be in the middle of, regardless of whether he's guilty or not guilty."

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