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St. Charles teacher accused of possessing child pornography

ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles East High School teacher has been charged with possession of child pornography, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

Gregory Burgener, 63, of the 400 block of West Fremont Avenue, Elmhurst, was charged with two counts of possession of child pornography, a Class 1 felony, according to the release.

Following an investigation led by the Elmhurst Police Department, Burgener was taken into custody the morning of May 16, the release stated. DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced that bond was set at $150,000. The investigation is still in progress.

“As I have said many times in the past, every image of child pornography represents yet another innocent victim of child pornography, and my office will not hesitate to bring charges against anyone involved in this filth," Berlin stated in the release. "I would like to thank the Elmhurst Police Department and Assistant State’s Attorney Claudia Fantauzzo for their work on this case, as well as for their ongoing efforts to protect our children from child pornographers.”

Burgener's next court date is June 12 in front of Judge Brian Telander, and additional conditions for Burgener – if he is able to post bond – include no contact with children younger than 18 years of age, according to the release.

An English teacher, Burgener has been employed by St. Charles School District 303 since 1995, said Jim Blaney, director of school and community relations for the district.

"Mr. Burgener has been placed on paid leave pending further information to come out of additional investigation," Blaney said.

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