Kristine Knizer, 28, faces two counts of possession of child pornography
A Virginia high school teacher was arrested last week after police found child pornography associated with her Snapchat account.
Kristine Knizer, 28, a general science teacher at Washington Irving High School in Springfield, now faces two counts of possession of child pornography.
Fairfax County Police said they received a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children that someone with a Fairfax County IP address was in possession of photos and videos of child pornography on Tuesday.
Further investigation found that the IP address was connected to Knizer’s Springfield home, and detectives later determined that she lives alone in the house.
They then found the photos and videos of child sexual abuse on their social networks.
Police say none of the victims appear to be his student at Irving Middle School, where he taught general science, or from his previous employment at Key Middle School in Franconia.
Knizer has now been released from an Adult Detention Center on $2,000 unsecured bond.
It is unclear if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.
Knizer works as a general science teacher at Irving Middle School in Springfield, Virginia.
School officials said in a letter to parents that Knizer has been suspended from her job and that school officials are cooperating with police in their investigation.
In a letter to parents after Knizer’s arrest, OMCOP School officials reportedly said they were aware of the charges against him, and he is now on leave.
“While investigators have not identified any crimes related to [Fairfax County Public Schools] students, FCPS is cooperating with law enforcement as they investigate this serious matter,” the letter said.
School officials also noted that counselors and social workers will be available to students and their families.
Meanwhile, police say they’d like to hear from anyone with information on any other cases involving Knizer.
Those with information are encouraged to call the Fairfax County Police Department Major Crimes Bureau at (703) 246 – 7800 and press option 6.
Tips can also be submitted anonymously by calling 866-411-TIPS or texting “FCCS” and “tips” to 84741.