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Riverdale Country School educator arrested on child porn charges

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Police in Greenwich, Connecticut, have arrested a Riverdale Country School teacher, accusing him of victimizing a child in their city.

John Mueser, 69, was handcuffed April 1 after an "extensive investigation" that began last October that included digital evidence and photographs. Other than the fact that the victim was younger than 16 and lived in Greenwich, police are not providing any additional details on what exactly they are accusing Mueser of doing.

But they can say what he was charged with: possession of child pornography, risk of injury to a minor, sexual assault and voyeurism.

Mueser was arrested in his Yonkers home. He reportedly waived extradition to Connecticut where he was arraigned in nearby Stamford. 

Mueser was a learning lab coordinator and a technology integrator at Riverdale Country School, according to Greenwich Time, although the school has since removed Mueser's biography page from its website. He also was a camp director for TCR-on-the-Hudson Day Camp held at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, according to a 2017 brochure. Mueser's bio said he was an educator at Riverdale Country for 36 years at that point, and had spent 20 years with Camp Riverdale. 

Mueser has not been on Riverdale Country's campus since October, according to school head Dominic A.A. Randolph.

"I had been notified by the Greenwich Police Department on the morning of Oct. 3 that Mr. Mueser was under investigation," Randolph said in a statement. "I immediately placed Mr. Mueser on leave, and cooperated fully with the investigation." 

A security firm was hired to investigate if there were any issues on campus, Randolph added, and reviewed Mueser's personnel file. 

"Nothing came to light that would have raised concerns regarding his behavior in our community," Randolph said.

The Greenwich Police Department worked alongside the Westchester County Safe Streets Task Force in the investigation. Mueser was released on a $250,000 bond, and is due back in court June 4.

CORRECTION: John Mueser is from Yonkers. A previous version of this story identified a different community, based on reports from the Greenwich Police Department. Also, Mueser spent 20 years with Camp Riverdale, and had only been at TCR-on-the-Hudson for a short period of time.