• Volusia County teacher charged with producing, distributing child porn


    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Federal authorities have arrested a Volusia County teacher who is accused of producing and distributing child pornography.

    Matthew Graziotti is a teacher at Warner Christian Academy in South Daytona and is director of the school’s summer day camp program, according to investigators.

    "We never saw it coming, in a million years," said Mark Tress, superintendent at Warner Christian Academy.

    Graziotti is accused of sending more than 100 images and six videos of child pornography to an undercover FBI agent.

    "I feel badly it's happened, but again, we didn't have any idea, any inclination at all," Tress said.

    Authorities said that during a search of the teacher's home Monday, they found thousands of images of child porn on his computer. According to investigators, a computer folder titled "personally known" was found, and it contained a picture of Graziotti sexually abusing a young boy.

    "We're confident and trusting that none of whatever would've happened, would've happened here on campus," Tress said.

    Neighbor Susan Hoff was surprised to hear of the allegations against the 42-year-old.

    "I'm shocked I really am, because Matt seemed like a nice guy," Hoff told Eyewitness News.

    Agents told Channel 9 the suspect used to work as a youth pastor in Edgewater.

    Graziotti made a first appearance in federal court Monday and remains in jail. Authorities said they're concerned the teacher may have more victims, and anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI.

    Warner Christian Academy released a full statement to WFTV regarding Graziotti's arrest.

    "Mr. Matt Graziotti, an elementary teacher at Warner Christian Academy, has been placed on unpaid administrative suspension effective immediately.  Warner Christian Academy was made aware today of an ongoing investigation by the FBI which led to the arrest of Mr. Graziotti, who was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography."

    "Warner Christian Academy and White Chapel are in full cooperation with the authorities.  Due to the fact that this is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to make any additional comments at this time.  We are committed to being as transparent as possible during this process and will release any additional information as it becomes available."

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