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Ex-Holy Cross teacher faces porn charge

– A former longtime teacher at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School was charged Tuesday after police found numerous pictures and videos of child pornography on the man’s computer, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Kenneth C. Rogner, 63, who was most recently the school’s church musician and choir director, faces one count of possession of child pornography, the result of an investigation that began in 2011, the report said.

The investigation started when Indiana State Police found about 25 files online flagged as being of interest for child pornography investigations, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Those files led police to a Fort Wayne computer, police said in the affidavit.

In July 2012, police searched Rogner’s home in the 10000 block of St. Clair’s Retreat after they matched his computer to the one they originally found on the file-sharing website.

An examination of Rogner’s computer turned up 18 movies and 85 pictures of child pornography, according to the affidavit.

In an interview after the search, he told police he was a teacher for 25 years and principal for three at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School, and at the time of the interview was employed as the full-time church musician and choir director.

Holy Cross posted a statement on its website that said Rogner immediately resigned after the allegations came to light.

He has not had any involvement with Holy Cross since his resignation, the statement said.

Rogner said his computer skills were self-taught and that he used the file-sharing website to download pornography, including depictions of bestiality and child pornography, according to the affidavit.

As the interview progressed, he told police that viewing such content was “an addiction I personally have been fighting, and I know it’s wrong,” according to the court file.

He said he viewed child pornography for about four or five years, the affidavit said.

He was not yet in custody late Tuesday afternoon, according to officials at Allen County Lockup.

cmeyers@jg.net

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