March 12, 2014
Federal authorities have taken over the case of a Charlottesville teacher charged with multiple counts of child pornography.
A judge in Charlottesville's Juvenile and Domestic Relations court granted a motion Wednesday allowing local prosecutors to drop their case against Corey Schock, a fourth-grade teacher at Venable Elementary School.
Federal prosecutors are seeking a similar charge, which is why local prosecutors dropped their case.
Schock was arrested in February, accused of possessing child pornography and using a communications system to solicit child pornography.
"After conferring and completing the investigation, a decision was made to continue with prosecution in the Eastern District of Virginia because that's where the victim in this case resides," said Joe Platania, Charlottesville's assistant commonwealth's attorney.
Schock had his first federal court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Harrisonburg. He remains in federal custody.