Retired teacher, 80, faces child porn charges

An 80-year-old former teacher from the Town of Scott was charged Wednesday with possession of child pornography after a yearlong investigation launched when his son discovered the images, according to a criminal complaint.

Anthony B. Cardiel allegedly kept the images among others of adult pornography and bestiality, the complaint said.

He faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

Cardiel, of W7673 Highway SS, retired in 2003 from Washington High School in Milwaukee and never taught at a Sheboygan County school, said Capt. Dave Adams of the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department.

Cardiel told police that he has had a sexual interest in teens his entire life.

Adams and Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco said Cardiel is the oldest person they recall being charged with child pornography in their decades in law enforcement.

Cardiel is being held in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond, and is due in court Dec. 18 for a preliminary hearing before Judge James Bolgert.

According to the complaint:

The investigation of Cardiel began in October 2006 when his son reported finding child pornography along with other explicit sexual material on Cardiel’s computer.

The man said he found the items when his father asked him to fix a problem on the computer and had the files minimized.

Investigators raided Cardiel’s home a month later and seized several computers as well as videotapes.

At least four sexually explicit pictures of children were found among the files on the computer.

The videotapes included recordings of a computer monitor in which the camera zooms in on specific parts of sexually explicit photos.

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