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Ex-Jacksonville teacher Thomas Hazouri Jr., son of late mayor, sentenced in child porn case

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Thomas Lester Hazouri Jr.

A former Mayport Elementary School teacher and son of a past mayor was sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty in August to distributing child sexual abuse videos over the internet, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Thomas Lester Hazouri Jr., 42, was sentenced to seven years and three months behind bars. He also must serve a 15-year term of supervised release, register as a sex offender and pay child victims $18,000 in restitution, Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan ruled Wednesday.

Hazouri was initially arrested on Aug. 19, 2020, by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on 25 counts of possession of child pornography, jail records show. Along with photographs of "child erotica or age-difficult pornography," his arrest warrant says "non-exploitive pictures of children" were found that were apparently taken in the Mayport school classroom while Hazouri taught there.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.