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Former South Coast Music Teacher Pleads Guilty To State, Federal Child Porn Charges

Federal prosecutors say a former music teacher from Ventura County has entered a guilty plea to a child pornography charge.

They say according to his plea agreement, John Edward Zeretzke admitted coercing an underage girl into producing child pornography. 

The 61-year-old Ventura man had already pled guilty to a half dozen state child pornography charges.  He’s been sentenced to 18 years in state prison, and faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison as a result of the guilty plea.

Zeretzke had contracts with a number of school district over the years as a music instructor.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.