A special education teacher at Griffith Middle School in Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography, an FBI spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Ivan Carcelen, 56, was taken into custody Tuesday evening at his Glendale home by agents and officers with the FBI's sexual assault felony enforcement team.
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said that Carcelen was arrested without incident and that agents recovered thousands of images of children, many of them classified as child pornography.
Eimiller said it did not appear that any of the children depicted in the images were students at the school, nor had agents found any evidence that he had molested children.
The investigation that snared Carcelen was initiated months ago by FBI agents in San Francisco. Carcelen was identified as a subscriber to a child pornography website, Eimiller said.
Carcelen has been placed on administrative leave, she said.
-- Andrew Blankstein