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Somerville parents, officials react to child porn charges

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SOMERVILLE, Mass. (WHDH) - A former Somerville public school teacher was arrested Thursday on child pornography charges.

Allegations emerged against Josh Wairi, who taught 5th grade.

"We are angered and we are heartbroken. These sickening allegations are the most egregious betrayal of trust imaginable," said Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone.

"We all feel justifiably angry, confused, dismayed, betrayed, and shocked by this event," said Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi.

Federal authorities said the 27-year-old teacher went online, traded and downloaded hundreds of pictures and videos of child pornography.

He had been teaching 5th grade students at the Graham & Parks School in Cambridge, but had been involved with Somerville Public Schools from 2004 to 2012. There is no information to say if any incidents happened in Somerville.

Court documents said Wairi, "admitted to secretly videotaping and using a camera cell phone to videotape children changing in and out of clothes on more than one occasion...He also admitted to 'setting up and hiding a video camera in a locker room.'"

Cambridge Schools insisted the videos were not taken in any of their schools.

Parents were shocked by the allegations, saying that their children had good things to say about Wairi's teaching style.

"My daughter like him because she saying he is very funny," said Mayumi Yamamoto, a Cambridge parent.

Both communities joined to help ease fears of affected parents and students.

"We have allocated additional officers to hear any concerns raised by families. If there's information any of the families have, they should call Somerville police," said Somerville Police Chief Charles Femino.
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