Former School Teacher Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

July 7, 2011 Updated Jul 7, 2011 at 6:24 PM EDT

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Former School Teacher Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

July 7, 2011 Updated Jul 7, 2011 at 6:24 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Thursday that Yusef Alhakk (also known as Joseph Daniels), 66, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, to receipt of child pornography.

The charge carries a mandatory minimum five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 20 years and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for October 20.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who is handling the case, Alhakk was teaching at Bennett High School when he was arrested in 2005. Several months after his arrest, the defendant fled the United States and remained a fugitive for over five years. Alhakk was apprehended in December 2010 as he attempted to re-enter the United States. The defendant received images of child pornography on his home computer. Alhakk had more than 600 images of child pornography, some depicting prepubescent children less than 12 years of age.