John Stelmack has been in the education field for quite some time, most recently as a principal, going from school to school, being hired here and resigning there.
He resigned from the Olean, NY school district on the 24th of November, 2004.
From the minutes of the meeting where John Stelmack’s resignation was accepted:
Moved by G. Zimmerman, seconded by M. Fay upon the recommendation of Mark J. Ward, Superintendent of Schools, to accept the resignation of JOHN STELMACK, with regret, as an Elementary Principal at East View, effective November 24, 2004.
Ayes ___8__ Nays ___0___ Motion Carried
In 2006, John Stelmack resigned as the principal of Ellicott Elementary in Buffalo, New York, just one day after a bus driver working at the school was arrested for going to child porn sites on the Internet.
Is it unusual for school districts to hire principals who hop from place to place?
Scott Lake Elementary, down in Lakeland, Florida, had no problem hiring John Stelmack. While they performed a background check on Mr. Stelmack, they failed to completely follow school policy when they neglected to review his complete personnel records.
While running a background check on any new hire is an excellent idea, when you’re talking about hiring someone who will have daily access to and responsibility for children, you’d better go the extra mile.
Especially if you’re dealing with someone like John Stelmack, who carried a black suitcase with him to work each day. A black suitcase filled with child porn.
After hearing complaints from a number of parents of students at Scott Lake Elementary that John Stelmack was being a little too friendly with some of their kids, the Polk County School Board suspended John Stelmack on the 14th of December, which also happened to be the day that his briefcase was seized by investigators going through Stelmack’s office.
Investigators going through John Stelmack’s briefcase found out that he didn’t just stop at downloading kiddie porn from the Internet, or trading CD’s and DVD’s of child porn with other pedophiles.
No, John Stelmack actually created his own child porn by taking pictures of children who attended his school and digitally superimposing their faces onto the nude images of other children that he had in his possession.
One of the children he took pictures of, a 10-year-old girl who had attended his school last year, was on four of the pictures he carried with him in his briefcase on the day he was suspended. Another girl, who has yet to be identified, had her face put onto another nude child’s body.
The pictures John Stelmack chose to put his student’s faces on were slightly disturbing to just about everyone who saw them.
John Stelmack was arrested at his home on the 21st of December, 2007 and charged with five counts of possessing child pornography.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd had this to say about the pictures and the whole affair in general:
The photographs that Stelmack manipulated into child pornography are graphic and repulsive. To think that a school principal, someone who is entrusted with the safety and well-being of hundreds of school children, would do something like this is incomprehensible.
Yeah, it is a little scary.
Of course, when you think about it, elementary school principal is right up there near the top of the “Pedophile’s top 10 Dream Jobs of 2007″ list.
The rest of the list?
10) Ice Cream man
9) Husband of the head of CARE House.
8) Youth sports coach
7) School crossing guard
6) Miniature train operator
5) Convenience store operator
3) Daycare teacher
2) Elementary school principal
1) Superstar pop singer
After posting bail, John Stelmack, who is married with two grown children, told reporters that the arrest was “a mistake.”
Of course it was.
Does John Stelmack deserve Hell?
- Yes (85%, 136 Votes)
- No (15%, 24 Votes)
Total Voters: 160
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