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Ex-School Headmaster Appeals Child Porn Conviction

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- The former headmaster of an elite Delaware prep school is challenging his child pornography conviction.
    
Christopher Wheeler was sentenced to 50 years in prison in April after being convicted on 25 counts of dealing in child pornography.
    
Wheeler is a former headmaster at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, whose graduates include DuPont Co. CEO Ellen Kullman, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons and television personality Dr. Oz.
    
Wheeler waived his right to a jury trial after a judge denied a defense motion to suppress evidence seized by police.
    
In court papers Monday, Wheeler's attorney said authorities used possible witness tampering as a pretext to obtain warrants allowing them to search Wheeler's computers for child pornography, and that there was no evidence that Wheeler viewed any images of child porn or knew they even existed.

An accomplished musician and composer who flew his own airplane, Wheeler was hired at Tower Hill in 2004 after 14 years at Lake Forest Academy near Chicago, where he was assistant headmaster and wrestling coach. He previously worked at St. Paul's School in Garden City, New York.

After his arrest, Tower Hill officials released a statement saying none of Wheeler's conduct that was the subject of the case involved students at the school.

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