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Bergen art teacher busted on child pornography charges

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Federal agents said they found a batch of kiddie porn this morning on the home computer of a commercial artist from Edgewater who teaches kindergarten through third-grade children at the Children’s Home Montessori School in Cliffside Park and has designed a Spider-Man comic book cover and other youth-related products.

Two of Paul Krosnick’s creations

Paul Krosnick, 63, was freed on a $100,000 bond after a brief appearance before a federal judge in Newark.

Agents from the Cybercrimes Investigation Group of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, hit Krosnick’s Undercliff Avenue home this morning and seized the computer, which they said bore images of men having sex with prepubescent boys and girls.

Krosnick lives with his wife, Susan, who also is an artist and has worked on designs with him. He studied at the Pratt Institute, Princeton University, and the School of Visual Arts, according to a brief biography from the Montessori School in Fort Lee, which cited his “whimsical and unexpected art classes” there.

He also worked in Design and Ad Agencies in New York and San Francisco, it says, adding:

“He opened his own art studio 35 years ago supplying design, illustration, and packaging to such clients as Bank of America, Children’s Television Workshop, California Milk Advisory Board, Pacific Southwest Airlines and others.

“He’s still at it with his most recent work producing toy boxes and related packaging.”

Over the past few decades, Krosnick has designed a Spider-Man comic book with his wife, as well as products connected to Sesame Street and the Electric Company, among other creations. One is a gingerbread house — complete with furniture — that was advertised in Ladies Home Journal.

The biography says Krosnick began teaching at the Fort Lee school in exchange for his daughter’s tuition there. There was no information available for his time at the Anderson Avenue school (not to be confused with the Apple Montessori School, also in Cliffside Park).

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