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2018-01-24 / News

County teacher faces 30 years for producing child pornography

BY BEN ORCUTT CONTRIBUTING WRITER


David Kielbowick, Jr. David Kielbowick, Jr. A former earth science teacher at James River High School faces up to 30 years in prison after being found guilty in Chesterfield County Circuit Court to producing child pornography involving a juvenile female relative.

David Paul Kielbowick Jr., 54, formerly of the 600 block of Fern Meadow Loop, Midlothian, is being held without bond at Riverside Regional Jail in Prince George County pending sentencing on May 11.

Kielbowick was indicted on three counts of production of child pornography, but two counts were dropped as part of a plea agreement between by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephen P. Sharpe and Henrico defense attorney Peter B. Baruch and accepted by Judge Frederick G. Rockwell III on Jan. 8.

The crime is alleged to have occurred between Sept. 26, 2007, and Sept. 25, 2010, and began when the victim was younger than 13. Court documents indicate that Kielbowick entered an Alford plea, meaning that while not admitting guilt, he acknowledges that had the case gone to trial, the commonwealth would have had enough evidence to find him guilty.

Judge Rockwell also ordered that Kielbowick undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation performed by Dr. Evan S. Nelson of Midlothian-based Forensic Psychology Associates and that the evaluation be completed by May 11.

There is no agreement as to sentencing, which will be argued by the attorneys following presentation of the presentence report and the psycho-sexual evaluation. Authorities began investigating Kielbowick following a discovery made by a teacher who was substituting for Kielbowick on May 25, 2017, Sharpe said in an email to the Observer.

“While the students were working on busy work, the substitute teacher looked for a book to read,” Sharpe said. “He found one and when he opened it, he found three pictures between the cover and the first page.” The photographs depicted a fully nude young female, approximately 12 years old, lying on a couch in an apparent pose, Sharpe said, adding, “The pictures were immediately turned over to school administrators.”

Chesterfield Police were contacted and Kielbowick volunteered to be interviewed at police headquarters on May 31, Sharpe said.

“During the interview, the defendant admitted that the pictures were of [a female relative] and that he took the pictures years ago in his home … in the Stonehenge neighborhood in Chesterfield County,” Sharpe said.

Court documents indicate that Kielbowick worked for Chesterfield County Public Schools for 21 years.

“These are very serious charges,” Shawn Smith, assistant director of community relations for CCPS, said in an email to the Observer shortly after Kielbowick’s arrest on May 31. “The employee has been removed from and is not currently working in our schools.”

Court records indicate that Kielbowick does not have a criminal record and that he has lived in the community for 23 years but does not have family ties in the area. ¦

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