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Ex-Teacher From Mamaroneck School Gets Prison In Child Porn Case

A former religion teacher at a private day school in Mamaroneck was sentenced to prison Tuesday in federal court in White Plains for possessing child pornography. Lyle Kamlet of Mount Vernon was given 39 months behind bars.
A former religion teacher at a private day school in Mamaroneck was sentenced to prison Tuesday in federal court in White Plains for possessing child pornography. Lyle Kamlet of Mount Vernon was given 39 months behind bars. Photo Credit: Goggle Maps

A former religion teacher at the Westchester Day School in Mamaroneck who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography -- including videos he had gotten mailed to the school where he worked -- will be spending some time behind bars.

Lyle Kamlet, a Mount Vernon resident, was sentenced Tuesday to three years and three months in prison by Judge Kenneth M. Karas in federal court in White Plains, according to Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Kamlet had pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography, Bharara said.

Arrested in January 2015, Kamlet, was originally charged with one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing it.

The first charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; the second, a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Both counts also carry a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.

“Child pornography victimizes the most innocent and vulnerable in our communities. And when a former teacher like Lyle Kamlet possesses child pornography, it is doubly dangerous and disturbing,” Bharara said Wednesday.

According to documents filed in White Plains federal court and public information, Kamlet had ordered a number of child pornography videos from 2008 to 2010.

Some of videos, Kamlet had gotten mailed to his school, Bharara said. He resigned from the private school in February 2012.

During a search of Kamlet’s home, police seized those videos and “also found home movies that he had created that contained images of naked children,” Bharara said.

Bharara credited the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for its “outstanding investigative work” on the case.

The prosecution is being overseen by the office's White Plains Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. Collins Jr. is in charge of the prosecution.

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