City Honors Teacher Charged with Exploitation, Possessing Child Porn

Prosecutors say he used Go Pro on girls in inappropriate way

Tom Puckett
September 12, 2019 - 4:49 pm
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A teacher at City Honors Middle School is charged with attempted sexual exploitation of a child, sexual exploitation of a child, and possession of material that contained an image of child pornography.

Prosecutors say in June, the FBI learned Buffalo Police were investigating an incident related to the possible production of child pornography involving Peter Hingston. The report alleged that Hingston, a middle school technology teacher was observed using a GoPro camera to photograph or record female students in a sexually inappropriate way.

Multiple students came forward regarding Hingston’s use of the GoPro during class.  Prosecutors say an examination of Hingston’s GoPro camera revealed numerous videos of Hingston exposing himself and using the minor victims in a sexually explicit manner. 

“For the second time in two weeks, we are charging a Buffalo school teacher with a very disturbing crime,” stated U.S. Attorney JP Kennedy. “As parents, we trust that teachers will help to educate and shape our children. Where teachers violate that trust and seek to exploit our children to satisfy their own twisted desires, this Office, together with our partners in law enforcement, will do everything that we can to remove such predators. I want to commend the students at City Honors who had the courage and maturity to say something when they saw something.”

“The Hingston investigation reminds us to continue empowering our children to speak up and share what they see,” said Gary Loeffert, Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBI's Buffalo office. “The criminal complaint describes student witnesses expressing valid concerns about Hingston's unusual behaviors in the classroom. The school in turn reported his actions to the Buffalo Police Department, and Buffalo Police reached out to the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force. The students' voices are the reason Hingston is not teaching middle school students right now in a Buffalo public school classroom.”

The charges carry a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. 

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