Trinity Catholic School teacher arrested on charges of child pornography, plead guilty

The Diocese says Mark Clow plead guilty and is sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The Diocese says Mark Clow plead guilty and is sentenced to 20 years in prison.(Leon County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 29, 2021 at 3:58 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2022 at 7:13 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A former Trinity Catholic School teacher pled guilty to receiving material constituting child pornography.

54-year-old Mark Clow of Tallahassee entered the plea following his September arrest after deputies linked files containing child sexual abuse material to him.

Following his September arrest, the US attorney for North Florida says he received and distributed porn involving children under 12-years-old.

Clow faces up to 20 years in prison with a minimum mandatory sentence of 5 years in prison, followed by a term of 5 years to life of supervised release following his sentence on July 8. at 1:30 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Leon County Sheriff’s Office says they have arrested a 54-year-old man on charges of child pornography.

In a statement, The Catholic Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee says the man is a teacher at Trinity Catholic School in Tallahassee, Mark Clow, and has been placed on administrative leave and is not permitted to be on campus until an investigation is complete.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the allegation. Our prayers go out to Mr. Clow’s family, the Trinity School community and all involved in this disheartening situation. The safety of our children is of the utmost importance to all of us at Trinity Catholic School,” Trinity Catholic Principal Tommy Bridges said.

LCSO says on July 26, the department received a tip that a user had uploaded three files containing child sexual abuse material.

Deputies say they were able to link those files, as well as several additional files, to Clow.

Authorities say on September 24, a search warrant was obtained for Clow’s home and the warrant was executed on Wednesday.

According to the LCSO, Clow admitted to both possessing and transmitting child pornography through an online chat during an interview. Officials say his laptop corroborated his confession.

Clow is facing charges of possession of child pornography (five counts) and transmission of child pornography.

Clow was arrested and taken to the Leon County Detention Facility.

If you have any information related to Clow, contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Department at 850-606-3300.

You can read the Diocese’s full statement below or by clicking here.

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