Former Grapevine choir director pleads guilty in child porn case

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A former choir teacher at a Grapevine middle school on Thursday admitted in federal court to distributing child pornography, federal authorities said.

Daniel Oberlender, 45, faces a possible punishment of five to 20 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography, according to the U.S Attorney's office in Dallas.

Oberlender, 45, served as the music teacher and choir director at Cross Timbers Middle School. He was arrested in December after law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at his Grapevine residence.

According to documents filed in the case, Oberlender used his Apple Macbook computer to connect to the Internet and used Skype software to share a video file depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct, authorities said.

Authorities said at the time of his arrest that the allegations did not appear to involve any Grapevine-Colleyville students.

Sentencing is set for June 20 before U.S. District Judge Reed C. O'Connor.

Alex Branch, 817-390-7689

Twitter: @albranch1

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