A Lafayette man and private school teacher was formally charged Monday with possessing and distributing child pornography, after allegedly trying to outrun and dispose of a computer when a police search team entered his Bickerstaff Road residence Feb. 18.
David Prashker, 60, was arrested after allegedly trying to throw a laptop computer from the second floor bedroom of his residence and into the backyard. Investigators recovered the device and a forensic analysis revealed evidence of child pornography on its hard drive.
Prashker allegedly attempted to evade investigators from the Contra Costa Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force who arrived at his home in the 3600 block of Bickerstaff Rd. Feb. 18, running to the rear of the residence and allegedly jettisoning the computer.
The incident and execution of the warrant was witnessed by at least two NEWS24/680 readers, who reported the activity at the Bickerstaff address that day.
Prashker, a teacher and school administrator for 30 years was arrested and booked at the Martinez Detention Facility prior to his appearance before Judge Cheryl Mills on Tuesday. The educator denied the charges against him and his attorney asked that he be released as the accusations did not involve actual contact with children.
Prashker’s bail was set at $205,000. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 44 months in prison and fines.
Investigators said the Lafayette resident has held teaching positions in Toronto, Canada; London, England; and Miami, Florida and most recently has been employed as a substitute teacher at two private schools in central Contra Costa County.
The administrations of both schools have been notified, police said, and there is no evidence at this point that Mr. Prashker engaged in any crimes involving the students of either school.