Former teacher arrested on child pornography charges
Deputies have arrested a Hillsboro man and former Beaverton School District teacher on child pornography charges after evidence of explicit videos and photos were allegedly found in his home.
Geoffrey Germano, 40, was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 10, and charged with seven counts of first degree encouraging child sex abuse.
Detectives with the Washington County Sheriff's Office began investigating Germano in late April, and have accused Germano of downloading multiple photos and videos depicting child pornography.
Germano was a teacher at Aloha High School, detectives said, but is not currently employed there. According to Germano's social media accounts, Germano worked in the district for 13 years. The Sheriff's Office said the charges are unrelated to his work as a teacher.
Det. Mark Povolny with the Washington County Sheriff's Office said he doesn't believe there are any local victims in this case.
"This is a situation where somebody possessed and downloaded child pornography," Povolny said. "There is no information to believe that local children were victimized in the creation of those files."
Investigators searched Germano's home near Francis Street Park in Hillsboro in early May, where they reportedly found evidence that he had downloaded and possessed sexually explicit images and videos of children.
Povolny said it can take months to do a thorough search of a computer or cellphone for evidence,
"Often, people who engage in child pornography will go to great lengths to hide or conceal it," Povolny said. "There may be hidden folders, passwords, or encryption."
Povolny wouldn't say what attracted investigators to Germano, but said that police agencies have processes in place to track people who download or trade child pornography.
"We'll receive tips from the system to track people who might be downloading videos or images known to be child pornography," Povolny said.
Germano was lodged in the Washington County Jail. His bail is set at $140,000.