Child porn charge against Modesto school teacher dismissed

Daniel Glenn
Daniel Glenn Modesto Bee file

A criminal charge against former Modesto school teacher Daniel Glenn has been dismissed.

In August 2015, Stanislaus County authorities charged Glenn with a single felony count of possessing child pornography.

Glenn, who pleaded not guilty in Superior Court, was bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing last year. He was set for a jury trial this month when prosecutors agreed to dismiss the charge.

“Based on the evidence they had and we had, they smartly decided to dismiss the case,” Defense Attorney Kirk McAllister said. “He is clearly innocent of these charges and for him the nightmare is finally over.”

Glenn, a former teacher at Mark Twain Junior High School, was arrested in February 2015. Modesto police said a former female student had been sending inappropriate digital images to the teacher. A search warrant was served at the teacher’s home and child pornography was found on computer equipment at the residence, police said at the time.

“He had not collected any porn,” McAllister said Friday.

The female student, who was younger than 16, was in Glenn’s class at Wilson Elementary School before he was assigned to teach at Mark Twain for the 2014-15 school year. According to testimony in the preliminary hearing, the student had befriended the teacher on Facebook and sent the digital pictures to Glenn near the end of the 2013-14 school year and over the summer.

McAllister said he believes Glenn would have been exonerated of the criminal charge if the case had gone to a jury trial. “They did the right thing and saved the county the expense of going to trial to get to the same place,” McAllister said.

Glenn, 40, declined to comment on the outcome of the case.

A spokesman for the District Attorney’s office said it became apparent after the preliminary hearing there was insufficient evidence for a conviction at jury trial.

Modesto City Schools, which conducted an internal investigation, maintained there were improper communications between the teacher and student. The school district initiated termination proceedings and Glenn resigned in 2015.

“We support our justice system and the decision made,” the school district said in a statement Friday. “We acted appropriately to protect students. Our investigation revealed inappropriate communications that go far beyond professional boundaries.”

Glenn was the subject of Class Acts column in the Modesto Bee in 2010. He worked on annual track and field events at Wilson Elementary and was involved in sixth-grade outdoor education. The person who nominated Glenn for the column called him an excellent and motivated teacher.

Ken Carlson: 209-578-2321, @KenCarlson16