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Ex-Phoenixville Principal Charged with Child Porn, Feds Say

Troy Czukoski, who was principal at PAMS for seven years, has been charged by the United States Attorney.

OUTSIDE PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Federal child pornography charges have been filed against former Phoenixville Middle School Principal Dr. Troy Czukoski.

Czukoski, 42, of Exton, was charged with one count of possession of child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office Public Affairs Specialist Patty Hartman.

(UPDATE: Phoenixville Area School District says investigators requested Czukoski's personnel file last fall.)

Czukoski possessed more than 150 but less than 300 images of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct, according to United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

Czukoski, who left Phoenixville Area School District in July 2012 to take a position as Principal at Springton Lake Middle School in Media, was placed on leave in October when Rose Tree Media School District officials were notified of a federal investigation, however, there was no word as to what the investigation was regarding.

If convicted, Czukoski faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison, a mandatory five years of supervised release up to a lifetime of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and a $100 special assessment, according to Hartman.

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The U.S. Attorney charges that:

"Czukoski knowingly possessed books, magazines, periodicals, films, video tapes and other matter, namely two flash drives, CDs and DVDs, which contained more than 150 but less than 300 visual depictions that had been produced using materials which had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce. The production of these visual depictions involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct and the visual depictions were of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct."

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rotella.

This was Czukoski's first year as Springton Lake principal, though he served in that capacity at Phoenixville Area Middle School for seven years before moving to district office. He was hired as Springton Lake principal in July.

Previous Patch Coverage of the Czukoski Case:

  • Former Phoenixville Middle School Principal Moves to Springton Lake
  • Former Phoenixville Middle School Principal Under Federal Investigation
  • No Details on Federal Investigation of Former Middle School Principal
Luke March 17, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Fegley lives in the state of Delaware and drives to collect his 200,000 a year from PHX district.. He stikes me as an odd. Check his computer. What does he care he can move on down the road when his contract is up ... I hope it comes out and he is exposed in a cover up. Comes here for paycheck. Dont woryy PHX will protect its own community.
Luke March 17, 2013 at 10:10 PM
makes 200,000 and lives in Delaware. ABOVE the LAW...
harry finster March 17, 2013 at 11:39 PM
one of the signs of mismanagment is when people overpay because they arnt smart enough to think for themselves, and expect someone else to have better answers
this one March 18, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Well, 'protecting its community' was possibly what Fegley thought he was doing - by pushing Czukoski into quitting ....and pushing him into the open arms of MY community. All while bypassing laws and procedure enacted to prevent this very thing from happening. If Fegley DID sweep Czukoski under the rug, he will most certainly rot in the open sunlight when he is exposed....
harry finster March 22, 2013 at 04:40 AM
to bad in pennsylvainia you need right wing mobnster to run your schools just like the govt of syria
Joe Smith March 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Hopefully Fegley can be his butt buddy in the prison.............
harry finster March 23, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Phoenixville has its problems. Four years ago HS principal, AD, Aministrator 1 and Administratir 2 shown the door. 700k in money missing. They sued their Superintendent. They fired the basketball staff for moving a 6 foot 8 star into the district and paying his rent. They fired the interim coach tied to the crew. They fired the next guy. The current principal was passed over 3 times and now people are raising eyebrows. They had a wrestling coach go to jail for having sex in school with a 15 year old. My guess they knew about Troy and suggested he leave. How did he have such a high profile attorney even before anything came out? RTM should demand a statement from Phoenixville and Phoenixville Attorney Ronald Williams of Fox Rothchild.
Goddess March 23, 2013 at 01:56 AM
When they served the search warrant at Czukoski's house, he knew the whole picture, because he knew the part they didn't. A rational person would hire the best attorney they could afford at that point.
maureen March 23, 2013 at 02:13 AM
So Fred- exactly why do people here claim you are a pedophile? Lets explore this- for the record.
harry finster March 23, 2013 at 05:50 AM
when people have no ability and no life they make vicious rumours up that have no basis in fact if there was any basis i'm sure you could find it on the internet i think people from phoenixville are so low they think the lowest thoughts ,you can read in your own paper the deviates exist in phoenixville and have absolutely nothing to do with me
this one March 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM
I agree that Phx SD must have been trying to avert yet another scandal in their school district -- and tried to just quietly drum out Czukoski (were they tipped off in late 2011/ early 2012?). That Director of Personnell at PASD, Keith Black, is an attorney and it is virtually impossible to scrape up info on the Internet about him, so I'm fairly sure all the upper level admin know how to NOT leave a paper trail. There is likely no tangible evidence of conversations that Fegley and Black, or others - discussed what was to be 'done' with Czukoski if they were trying to stage a cover up. Lamentably, there may be no real proof that RTM was knowingly duped by PASD... But if this ever happens again in RTM, it's a guarantee that whatever school district is responsible for passing their trash onto RTM will see their admin lynched on State Street!
Matt H. March 23, 2013 at 01:59 PM
This One. Stop with all of your conjecture and conspiracy theories. Let things run their course. The people in Phoenixville will demand an investigation. I am so sick of hearing about RTM and how awful you think Phoenixville is. PAHS is ranked hire then your HS. You know nothing about us. I grew up in Delco and it is a DUMP......thats why I moved to Chesco. You are obviously either an uneducated housewife with no life or an unemployed, depressed idiot. Get a job and get a life u loser. And Fred. U r no better the Czukoski. U were run out of Phoenixville for the same reason. U should be in N orange jump suit......just like him. BTW-someone showed me your pic. U r ugly as sin
this one March 23, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Lol- u can't bait me, little boy ;) SouthEast DelCo IS a dump. Full of trash and uneducated criminals.... ;) where are u from, Matty? Glenolden or Folcroft? Clearly, you are learning disabled - where have I bashed the HIGH SCHOOL? It's the shady, sketchy people that RUN the Phoenixville Area School District that are shady and ooze scandal. Here's a bit of homework for you, Matty, do your homework and research all the sex and corruption scandals in PASD over the past 5 years alone. You may have to take your shoesies off to fully count 'em up because there are quite a few! What about RTM? This is the only one - and it appears to all of us that it's overflow of PASD's history of poor management. Where do you get your stats? Comparing equally -across the board, PHS ranks 64th out of the 676 high schools in PA (clearly, not too shabby). Penncrest ranks 52nd. So it's close - but in case you were unaware, a ranking of 52nd is a *slightly better school*. BTW, RTM ranks 13th out of 553 PA districts while PASD ranks 72nd. Look it up, Matty - seems to me RTM, as a school district, is managed pretty damn well. http://www.schooldigger.com/go/PA/schools/1905001426/school.aspx http://www.schooldigger.com/go/PA/schools/2055001942/school.aspx
this one March 23, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Oh, since you brought it up, I do happen to be a wife - not married to a house. I have a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and am quite gainfully employed in that field. What about you, Matt-Matt - high school student, are you? Or perhaps a 43 year old drop-out who contributes nothing to society, spending your life playing Gears Of War in your parents' basement? Dreaming of the day when you may finally get to see a "lady's boobies"? Lol- Your mom should have just given your dad a blowjob, instead on the night you were conceived.
Matt H. March 23, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Just what I thought. Liar! U r unemployed. A woman who is an electrical engineer . Ugly, over weight and zero personality. U clearly have no life since all u do is post comments on patch. Your husband hates u and has a girlfriend. He can't wait to get rid of u.
harry finster March 23, 2013 at 06:21 PM
i was never run out of phoenixville ,i chose to leave because it was such a dump .you people must engage in mass hysteria to distort facts so much i cant believe that in 2013 people still act like the catholic church of the 1400 and try to make reality fit your false sense reality
this one March 23, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Yawn. I take that back, you aren't in high school - you are clearly in middle school Matty with a comeback like that. Why don't you just call me a dumb-dumb poopy head, too? What kind of life do YOU have, posting comments on Patch, too? Still no comment on the ranking, kiddo? Or did all that math make your head hurt? You are the troll who is making it a "contest" between schools-- I'm not. My opinion is that the people leading your school district have proven themselves to be scuzzbags time and again. So yeah, I'm pretty pissed that kind of sewage from PASD has overflowed onto my school district. True, our Wigo is a douchebag, too - but what do you expect - he's from SE DelCo? It's a beautiful day out, what don't you put down the Xbox controller and go play outside like your mama told ya!
Matt H. March 23, 2013 at 06:31 PM
And u did take the bait.
this one March 23, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Nope - wrong again, sucka! You did. ;)
Matt H. March 23, 2013 at 07:00 PM
House Frow. Go back and read your comments. U have zero class. Bringing up my mother.....who by the way past away just this year from cancer. Using vulgarity like that. U r total Delco trash. I own a business and employ 26 people. I sold my last business for $5,5 million. I have 3 great kids and a beautiful wife. I own 2 homes: one in Phoenixville and one in Avalon. I bought my parents a house too. None of that really matters. What matters is that I am a generous, caring person. I put others before me. You keep saying RTM is "my school district." Really? Idiot. I know your husband can't stand you. He mariiex you years ago and is stuck now. You are a know-it-all and annoying. I would put money on it that you are overweight and full of wrinkles. Your kids are embarrassed by you. None of us care about you or RTM.. U proved what a loser you are by your vulgar comments.
this one March 23, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Looks like you're ignorant in 2 languages, son - BTW, that's not how you spell Frau. Seriously bro, check the threads- I've been layin' bait for a week and you're the first to bite. You just got trolled! AHAHAHAHAHA!
Matt H. March 23, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Delco trash.overweight middle aged housewife. Husband and kids hate her. No life. U r a joke.
harry finster March 23, 2013 at 11:05 PM
you know i live in marin county calif one of the top counties in the country ,i forgot how low pa people are ,i thought i would see if there was anyone left back there obviously all the live vital people left and only the dregs left behind
John March 25, 2013 at 06:12 PM
whatever pedophile....we call you a pedophile, because you admitted it. you sick freak. Why in the world, would you monitor a police blotter that has absolutely nothing to do with you or the town you live in? Oh, that's right, because you are watching to see if your name is brought up you sick freak.
John March 25, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Your town is so great, you spend all your time on the board leaving comments..whatever, sick freak.
Douglas J. Trainor March 25, 2013 at 06:21 PM
@John -- you made the claim "we call you a pedophile, because you admitted it". where and when was this alleged admission made?
John March 25, 2013 at 09:05 PM
about 2 months ago on the patch.
Douglas J. Trainor March 25, 2013 at 10:35 PM
@John -- i just ran a script against everything on Phoenixville Patch in 2013, and there is no such admission. so i tend to think that you are just inventing this, for what reason, i do not know.
Joanne Mudry April 19, 2013 at 01:25 PM
then to day our court systems, police dept. pro officers and down the line the justice system is no go ,if the judge knows you your .
Joanne Mudry April 19, 2013 at 01:37 PM
this shows other poeple you can get away with any thing if a cop knows he lets you go if the jand his dad did no jail time and was fried. now this is our justice system,ude knowes you you go free, i can think back when the warrent of west chester prison was found guity of many things his son was bustted for drugs so son stay in the big house with his dad, if he was put in a cell he would of been beating up.he was fired but got all his retiredment money.. .our system is a joke you swear on the bible for what all the old heads are gone now the new cops want to make a name for there self.

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