DOUGLAS LEE EBERSBACH

Photo courtesy of Davie County Sheriff's Office -- 2009 -- Douglas Lee Ebersbach.

GREENSBORO A former Davie County middle-school teacher was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Greensboro to 30 years in prison on federal charges of possessing, transporting and producing child pornography.

Doug Ebersbach, 52, was accused of taking naked pictures of a 14-year-old girl he taught at South Davie Middle School. Those pictures and others were found on a computer he took to Ohio, where his mother lives.

A federal jury found Ebersbach guilty in February after a three-day trial in which the girl testified against Ebersbach.

Judge William Osteen Jr. also ordered Ebersbach to be on lifetime supervision once he is released from prison. He also has to register as a sex offender and must not have contact with children.

The investigation against Ebersbach began Sept. 25, 2009, when the girl’s mother found Ebersbach in her house, according to testimony. He said he was dropping off something for her daughter and immediately left. He had been at the girl’s house three days before, taking naked pictures of her, according to testimony. The girl had given him a key to the house.

The girl’s mother called police, and two days later, Ebersbach resigned from the Davie County school system, where he had taught since 2006.

When investigators with the Davie County Sheriff’s Office searched his house, they found sexually explicit photos of what appeared to be under-aged girls and e-mail correspondence between him and the girl. He told investigators that his computer was in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Detectives in New Philadelphia obtained a search warrant and seized the computer, which had more than 500 images of what prosecutors say was child pornography, including three naked pictures of the girl.

Ebersbach kept a diary on his computer about his relationship with the girl and gave her gifts, including candy. Federal prosecutors said Ebersbach told the girl he would marry her.

Ebersbach also faces numerous state sex offense charges, including first-degree statutory rape.

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