Former Acalanes High School Teacher Arrested for Possession of Child Porn

September 1, 2015 15:34 pm · 61 comments

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On Tuesday September 1st, 2015, the Contra Costa County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested 66 year old Walnut Creek resident Marshall Pfeiffer for possession of child pornography, in violation of California Penal Code section 311.11(a).

The following is from the Walnut Creek Police Dept.:

The arrest stems from an investigation conducted by members of the task force which consists of Detectives from the Walnut Creek, Martinez, Pittsburg, Brentwood, Moraga, Concord, Pleasant Hill and San Ramon police departments, along with investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, Probation and the District Attorney’s Office, and with assistance from federal law enforcement.

On September 1st, 2015, the task force executed a search warrant in the 100 block of El Camino Corto in Walnut Creek. A search of the residence yielded files of child pornography stored on a computer. As a result of the search warrant, Pfeiffer was arrested and booked at the Martinez detention facility.

Pfeiffer recently retired from the Acalanes Union High School District where he was a teacher at Acalanes High School in Lafayette. Pfeiffer has been cooperative in the investigation and there has been no evidence to suggest any illegal activity with respect to his career as a teacher.

School administrators have been advised of the arrest. Anyone with additional pertinent information should contact the Acalanes Union High School District or the Lafayette Police Department. Any questions regarding the arrest can be addressed to Lieutenant Lanny Edwards at the Walnut Creek Police Department at 925-943-5883.

1 Mary Fouts September 1, 2015 at 3:46 PM

Just received notice of this via WCPD’s Nixle alert. This guy looks so familiar but I can’t place him.

I also wonder how strongly Megan’s Law Registered Sex Offender requirements are enforced after a person convicted of child porn serves his/her sentence. Former KGO talk show host Bernie Ward was required to register as a RSO and be on the list due to child porn. He has served his prison sentence, as of a few days ago I could not locate him on Megan’s Law list. Perhaps he has moved out of state or I typed his name in wrong, but I wonder how many other people who should be on the public list are not?

2 Creepy McPervy September 1, 2015 at 3:52 PM

Nothing at all creepy about that guy’s looks

3 anonanonagain September 1, 2015 at 3:52 PM

What an absolute sicko. What possesses someone to become aroused while looking at children being exploited and abused by another human being?? I have no compassion whatsoever for this animal. Throw him to the wolves,lions, prisoners or ISIS. Just get rid of him….

4 TIFOKCIS September 1, 2015 at 3:53 PM

Looks like a typical Berkeley graduate.

5 GRX September 1, 2015 at 4:18 PM

Sicko…

Castrate him, shove his testicles in his mouth, and wire his jaws shut.

6 Jared Fogel September 1, 2015 at 4:31 PM

He could stand to lose some weight.

7 Cellophane September 1, 2015 at 4:39 PM

If convicted, he should be put in front of a firing squad. No waiting, no appeals, sentence and shoot.

Then feed his carcass to the fish in Richmond Bay.

8 Schmee September 1, 2015 at 5:34 PM

Who stores porn files anymore. That’s so AOL 1995

9 Hold Up September 1, 2015 at 5:35 PM

Ok…I know everyone’s already wanting this guy to face capital punishment. What he’s obsessed with is abhorrent, yet the article states that “there has been no evidence to suggest any illegal activity with respect to his career as a teacher.”
This guy would probably be found guilty of possessing child porn. But what I’m most concern is the ones responsible of producing such illicit material. And what about the children involved? Where do these children come from, and where are their parents? I find it deathly sickening that those are the real animals.

10 Crime is Commerce September 1, 2015 at 5:47 PM

Big Money to made for Lawyers, DAs and Courts.
Of course Law Enforcement doesn’t give two sh!ts about all of the texting morons on the roadways – Not to mention they NEVER give a F about the scumbags who responsible FOR MAKING THIS FILTH!

11 I believe he hangs with September 1, 2015 at 5:52 PM

Jared

12 Jordan September 1, 2015 at 5:58 PM

This is so sad he was a great English teacher

13 ... September 1, 2015 at 6:03 PM

I was a student there while he taught and he never treated his students in an inappropriate manner. Just because he had files of child porn doesn’t mean that he touched a child or took the pictures himself.

14 anonamom September 1, 2015 at 6:11 PM

Only at Acalanes the last couple years, but teaching since 1982. Where was he and what was he up to the first 30 years in the classroom. Don’t tell me this was just a recently acquired ‘hobby’.

15 SpankyFortuna September 1, 2015 at 6:31 PM

At #13

Child pornography is an industry in which child are used as sexual objects. Believe me, it’s a crime to indulge in child porn, even as an observer.

16 73 MONTE CARLO September 1, 2015 at 6:32 PM

If you’re downloading child porn, you’re a pedophile. Not all pedophiles are child molesters, but all child molesters are pedophiles. Child molesters act out on their sick desires. (This is the experts wording, not mine).

This guy is SICK, and I’m sick of these guys. I hope he hasn’t acted out on his desires.

Either way, it’s a crime. As a teacher, he was around children under eighteen.

17 Greg the Elder September 1, 2015 at 6:54 PM

He has student reviews at Acalanes going back to 2004

Here is the link:

http://www.ratemyteachers.com/marshall-pfeiffer/662196-t

18 Cartman September 1, 2015 at 6:56 PM

Boil him.

19 Former Student of His September 1, 2015 at 7:16 PM

I had Mr. Pfeiffer in AP English and he was nothing but professional. Obviously his possession of child pornography is horrifying, but I am happy to go on record saying that he was possibly the MOST professional teacher I interacted with in high school.

20 Mika September 1, 2015 at 7:36 PM

Here we go again!

21 AP English September 1, 2015 at 8:13 PM

The teacher I knew may have been researching how to free children in danger.

22 All Lives Matter September 1, 2015 at 8:28 PM

You people are so lame. Sure what this guy did was wrong, but in an age where malware can so easily be stored on your PC i can see how he got caught. There is no reason for some of you clowns to be so harsh as to say he should boil, be hanged or crucified. And we still don’t know the whole story and evidence.

Meanwhile the illegal hispanics deal drugs and kill innocent people. But none of you people are calling for more racial profiling. Sad.

23 Always Right September 1, 2015 at 8:30 PM

I only wish the anger and disgust voiced against this pedophile extended to those who actually kill children and sell their tiny bodies for profit.

I am of course speaking of that house of horrors: Planned Parenthood.

http://www.lifenews.com/

Isn’t it time we stop child abuse in all its vile manifestations?

24 The Biggest Threat September 1, 2015 at 8:31 PM

The biggest problem in our society is not this guy. It is black man who gets off on killing cops for no reason.

All Lives Matter!!

25 ClayDen September 1, 2015 at 9:04 PM

@Always Right

Ditto.

26 typical claycordian September 1, 2015 at 9:10 PM

Everyone saying he shouldn’t face capital punishment is right. He should be tortured first, with a mercy killing once he gives up the names of those he got it from!

27 Previous Student September 1, 2015 at 9:15 PM

As an ex-student of his I can vouch that he was the best and most professional teacher I knew. The guy wore a button down shirt and tie everyday! He was the best teacher I ever had and I can only hope that these allegations aren’t true as he is not the type of person who would do something like this.

28 Former Student, Class of 97 September 1, 2015 at 9:18 PM

Mr. Pfeiffer was my senior year English teacher and he was, hands down, one of the best teachers at Acalanes. He actually made Pride and Prejudice interesting to a room full of bratty teenagers.

If he had child porn on his computer, then by all means I’m glad that the police have him in custody now. But keep in mind that the law makes absolutely zero distinction between a ‘barely legal’ site that bends the rules a little bit versus things that are much, much worse.

I’m glad that he’s not accused of having done anything improper in his capacity as a teacher. I would just hope that everyone can keep some room in their minds for some context in all of this.

29 Ya Phooey September 1, 2015 at 10:22 PM

I really don’t see how what is on one’s
computer could be considered credible
“evidence” in a case like this. I believe
child porn is horrific and despise the
thought of it, but if hackers can get
into goverment computers and those
of Target, among others, what’s keeping
them from downloading the stuff onto
one’s computer. I’ve had my computer
subjected to Remote Access and I know
the person controlling it remotely can
download as they please. It would be
easy for them to take over one’s
computer and download child porn and
the computer owner would never know
about it until investigated by the police.
There have been so many of these
lately, it’s becoming a suspicious
allegation, in my opinion.

30 Steve September 1, 2015 at 10:27 PM

His kid put the child porn on his computer, but you people would boil him; stop judging what has not been fully investigated through a trial or you are no better than Nancy Grace

31 thx4youropinion September 2, 2015 at 5:32 AM

@#23 — “I only wish the anger and disgust voiced against this pedophile extended to those who actually kill children and sell their tiny bodies for profit.

“I am of course speaking of that house of horrors: Planned Parenthood.”
———
Uh-huh. If parenthood would be better planned then perhaps you and your gang would come to recognize that your only wish is to place kids on conveyor belts.

You like to believe that you’ve “saved a life.” All that you did was make one available for “distribution” possibly to an individual who will use it for his own means of self-gratification and relaxation.

But, that’s okay, according to your group. Your work day is over. And now you may go home and pretend that you’ve accomplished something good. That’s all that matters to you.

32 Former Student Class of 06 September 2, 2015 at 6:47 AM

This truly breaks my heart. He was one of the best teachers I had at Acalanes; a truly human, personable, and earnest teacher that truthfully did not come off creepy in the least despite the photo above. With that said, the reality of the situation speaks for itself and he’ll pay for what is obviously some kind of mental sickness. It’s saddening to see the darkness that lays beneath a figure once respected in our youth.

33 Russ Sayin September 2, 2015 at 6:54 AM

This is the ice cold Mars-shell Pfeiffer?

34 former student September 2, 2015 at 7:15 AM

I’m also a former student of his from ’97. My heart sank to my knees when I saw his photo here, I recognized him instantly.

The only thing worse than the idea that he’s in jail for kiddie porn is reading the mindless, pointlessly vengeful comments here.

He was a standout best teachers at a school where exceptional teaching is the baseline. Really the best of the best. Engaging and relevant in the classroom. Extremely generous with his time as a faculty advisor to many extracurricular groups and clubs.

It’s hard to stress how important that is. Any student club or group needs at least one faculty member to be involved, and he made himself available to multiple groups. Kids got the most they could get out of high school because of his efforts.

He was in every sense a model teacher.

Look, if he had a bunch of kiddie porn on his computer, he’s going to jail for a long time, and that sucks. But let the process do its thing, and save the calls for torture and whatnot for the situations where they’re applicable: none. If you’re into mob justice, move to Syria or Somalia.

35 KHLOE September 2, 2015 at 8:07 AM

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING, MOST PEDOPHILES ARE LOVED BY THE MAJORITY. THEY HAVE CHARMING PERSONALITIES THAT ARE OFTEN USED FOR GROOMING THEIR PREY. TED BUNDY WAS A NICE GUY WHO ADMITTED PORNOGRAPHY IS WHAT SPARKED HIS SADISTIC LIFESTYLE AND DON’T FORGET AMERICA ONCE LOVED GERAD, “THE SUBWAY GUY.” YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE EVIL TO BE SICK.

36 Silva September 2, 2015 at 8:35 AM

Like with the last teacher hung out to dry here, I will withhold my judjement until I know more about what is alledged. Very sad.

KHLOE @35 said “YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE EVIL TO BE SICK.”

I do believe that when you act on your sick urges, you are then evil. If he knowingly contributed to the horror that is child pornography, at least a part of him is evil.

Just very sad, all around.

37 D September 2, 2015 at 8:38 AM

I had him my senior year also in the late ’90’s. Really sad, a favorite teacher

38 Munchies September 2, 2015 at 9:13 AM

@ # 4 “Looks like a typical Berkeley graduate.” What a stupid comment. Did UC Berkeley reject you???

39 Silva September 2, 2015 at 9:34 AM

Haha, #38, There’s much more where that came from. Nothing is of any depth however.

40 Kim September 2, 2015 at 10:02 AM

Who hired this guy?
Did they like him because he was pushing the marxist Frankfurt School agenda?
No wonder parents want to home school.

41 anon September 2, 2015 at 10:20 AM

@#31, What’s with the “your group” stuff? What ever happened to “right and wrong”? I’m not at all socially conservative, but the stuff I’ve seen come out of PP the last few years is disgusting. You state that children that are not aborted are likely to become some sort of sex slaves. Have you seen the video of the planned parenthood worker giving the pimp advice on how he can avoid getting caught for pimping out underage girls? Has is really come down to people being so polarized politically that we can’t agree that’s wrong; and that something is possibly not OK over at PP. There are legitimate women’s medical services offered at low cost, but there is another part of PP that seems to have gone off-the-rails.

I understand how someone can just not be ready in life to be pregnant. I can understand why they may go get an abortion. Teen girl, finds out she’s pregnant, and gets an abortion in a prompt manner. I won’t try and stop her, it may be for the best. What I can’t understand, is how people justify using abortion as a regular form of birth control, non-medically necessary late-term abortions, selling infant body parts in such a callous manner, or encouraging child prostitution. It’s a sad day when we can’t all agree that those are not moral acts.

42 former student September 2, 2015 at 10:37 AM

He was a great English teacher and never touched, spoke to or in anyway behaved around students in an inappropriate manner.

While his possession of child pornography is wrong and the fact that it appealed to him is disturbing, it is completely uncalled for him “to be put in front of a firing squad”, “castrated”, or absurdly severely punished in any manner.

We all make mistakes and have behaviors that others will judge us for, that doesn’t mean we should all be executed. Don’t judge a person without having ever spoken to them.

43 jack September 2, 2015 at 10:39 AM

@anonanonagain

you should be isolated from the society in the mental health institutuion

44 jack September 2, 2015 at 10:40 AM

@GRX

obviousle you are much more sick than him

45 SIGH September 2, 2015 at 11:33 AM

maybe that was his only way of releasing the heat

46 anon September 2, 2015 at 11:47 AM

Let this be a lesson to the many pervs who have “yet” to be caught. It’s scary knowing there are so many of you out there.

47 jtkatec September 2, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Actually a previous poster has a good point. What if someone hacked his computer, using the teacher’s computer to view porn?

Considering the multiple former students who have posted, I would hope the tech experts make sure that’s not the case.

48 mario September 2, 2015 at 12:45 PM
49 Chicken Little September 2, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Remember, it’s not just viewing child porn, but its also downloading and sharing it which nets these perverts….

50 mario September 2, 2015 at 12:56 PM

Australian crime experts estimate that between three and five per cent of the adult population has an inappropriate attraction to children.

http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2015/s4274434.htm

51 @Post 4 you are stupid September 2, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Whats the matter? Your DVC education not cutting it for you? So go ahead and take out your jealousy on Berkeley grads.

Real smart.

52 YA... no. September 2, 2015 at 1:45 PM

@47
The chances of that happening is 1 in a million to be honest. A person is sooner to hijack the wifi, or spoof the IP than remote assist the home computer. Chances are they have IP logs/corresponding stamps to match with the router and then.. well whats on the hard drive itself and depending on this guys “hobbies” on his ram.

Honestly.. it’s probably a open close case for this dude no chance for what that person said to be possible.

53 Captain 420 September 2, 2015 at 1:47 PM

@41 – you’re mixing up the fake ACORN video with the fake Planned Parenthood video. I know that generations of inbreeding have lead to reduced mental capacity on your part but try to at least keep your lies straight.

54 @ Number 4 September 2, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Jealous much? Fiat Lux. Yes, you will probably have to look it up…you can thank your second rate education

55 Wednesday September 2, 2015 at 2:43 PM

Khloe # 35 – Closer to home, how about Jeff Kasper – “wonderful community guy”. I wonder whats happening with his case.

56 Trump2016 September 2, 2015 at 3:08 PM

Trump2016 . LMFAO

57 anonanonagain September 2, 2015 at 3:19 PM

@ Hold Up #9, “But what I’m most concern is the ones responsible of producing such illicit material. And what about the children involved? Where do these children come from, and where are their parents? I find it deathly sickening that those are the real animals.”

Agreed but I think they are all animals. Don’t let this guy off so easy. There is a reason that child porn is lucrative money for the scumbags who produce it. Lowlifes like this scum view it, trade it and keep the market going. I think he should have his balls removed and perhaps an ice pick through the part of his brain that creates his sick arousal for children…..

58 Blue Fan September 2, 2015 at 3:43 PM

If your computer is connected to the internet there may be stuff on it you don’t know about. There may be hidden programs running you have no way of detecting unless you are a guru or have sophisticated protection software. Innocent until proven guilty. The guy appears to have a sterling reputation up until now so let’s let him have his day in court.

59 @ Captain 420 September 2, 2015 at 3:54 PM

No, it was filmed at a Planned Parenthood in New Jersey. The media widely confirmed that it was not fake. The employee was identified and confirmed as well. Here is the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9Zj9yx2j0Y

Way to make light of people with diminished mental capacity, too. This makes my point at just how disgusting some people will be because they’re drinking some political party’s Kool-Aid. Seem to remember people forgetting human decency for the sake of politics in the late 1930’s too. How about if something is wrong, we just admit it’s wrong, regardless of our political party?

60 AHS Grad, Class of 2000 September 4, 2015 at 5:39 PM

I had the opportunity to take a class with Mr. Pfeiffer and vow he was one of my most professional, thought-provoking, and engaging teachers at Acalanes.

While I didn’t learn about his personal predilections or behavior outside of the classroom, I did gain more knowledge through him about reading comprehension, logical analysis, and how to make rational conclusions.

I think it is a testament to Pfeiffer’s teaching that many of the well thought-out responses in this thread come from his ex-students.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is one novel that instantly springs to mind from my years at AHS. There’s probably a good chance I read that book in Pfeiffer’s class.

I can think of two quotes from Harper Lee, the author of the story, that apply here today:

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-”

“In this country our courts are the great levelers.”

The California Penal Code Section 311.11.(a), for which Pfeiffer is being detained in violation, begins with, “Every person who knowingly possess…”

There is the potential for Pfeiffer to have unknowingly or knowingly stored child pornography on his computer.

Until the facts are exposed and run through our judicial system, there is the presumption of innocence.

That being said, Marshall Pfeiffer has made decades of positive contributions to the education of his students at Acalanes High School. Regardless of the case outcome, I hope his academic benefaction will not be forgotten.

61 LL September 25, 2015 at 2:20 PM

I hadn’t heard Marshall Pfeiffer’s name or seen his picture in about 26 years. The reason it was shocking is that I remember him working at Las Lomas High School when I was a student there.

He worked closely with science teacher Robert “Bob” Turner, and both of them were teacher liaisons to the boys soccer team (of which I was a member). Supposedly there was some requirement that a teacher be present at practices, or something like that (although I wasn’t sure why TWO teachers needed to be present).

Subsequently, Turner was arrested as part of a group involved in molesting young boys.

Until I saw this, my foggy memory was that Pfeiffer had been involved, as well. But it looks like I may have been wrong…until now.

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