Former Teacher, Coach Gets Probation In Child Porn Case

DERBY, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas middle school teacher who was caught with more than 250 images and videos of child pornography has been sentenced to three years of probation.

The Wichita Eagle reports that 40-year-old Cody Chitwood also must register as a sex offender for 25 years under the sentence imposed Monday.

Chitwood taught special education at Derby Middle School and coached football, track and girls’ basketball from 2004 until he was fired by the Derby school board in February 2018 after prosecutors charged him with several counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

Court records show that he pleaded guilty to two counts last month after negotiating a plea deal in which prosecutors agreed to join his lawyer in asking the judge to grant Chitwood probation.

In a motion filed with the court last week, Chitwood’s lawyer wrote that the ex-teacher had participated in “extensive and substantive sex offender treatment.”

The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office says that if he fails to follow the rules while on probation, he could be sent to prison for more than five years.