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Andrew Primes was sentenced this week to 16 monthsin state prison for child pornography.
Andrew Primes, a former San Diego-area substitute teacher, was sentenced this week to 16 months in state prison for child pornography. Courtesy photo
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Ex San Dieguito substitute teacher sentenced for child pornography

REGION — A former San Diego-area substitute teacher and Boy Scouts instructor who pleaded guilty to having thousands of images and videos of child pornography on his computer was sentenced this week to 16 months in state prison.

Andrew Jared Primes, 32, must also register as a sex offender for life following his guilty plea last month to a child pornography possession charge. He previously worked for the Poway Unified School District and San Dieguito Union High School District, and served as an instructor for the Boys Scouts of America Fiesta Island Summer Camp, police said.

Prosecutors say that following his arrest in July, a law enforcement search of Primes’ computer turned up more than 4,000 images and over 3,800 videos.

The former substitute teacher’s arrest stemmed from a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding his internet activity, which was followed up by an investigation from the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

According to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, Primes sought probation with no jail time at sentencing and cited his work with the Boy Scouts as a mitigating factor, but a judge denied probation due to the large volume and the nature of the images and videos seized by police.

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