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Teacher accused of child porn possession allowed to stay at home

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Updated: 7/03 5:10 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- 24-year old John Benedict Alcantara is holed up in his home waiting for a trial that accuses the former teacher of having child porn on his computer. Neighbors are outraged.

A federal judge allowed the former Montessori School teacher to stay there even though federal prosecutors label the defendant as a threat to the community. Investigators say Alcantara was in possession of hundreds of child porn images. Now, he's waiting in a neighborhood where plenty of children live near blue diamond and El Capitan way.

“I don't think he should be around children,” said Chelsea Allred, a parent who lives in the neighborhood. “As you see there are children living in every one of these homes. I just think it's a danger to us. It makes us all uncomfortable."

"It's kind of scary, being that we have our own kid around the neighborhood,” said parent Joe Turzy. “Not knowing exactly what's going on next door with your neighbor is kind of scary."
Alcantara worked at Spring Valley Montessori School as a gym and computer IT teacher. Federal investigators say graphic images of children were found on Alcantara's computer at school as well.

For now, Alcantra is banned from the internet and phone use and must wear a GPS bracelet at all times. He could face 30 years in prison if convicted.

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