Teacher’s Aide, Track Coach Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

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HARRISBURG, PA — Acting Attorney General Michelle Henry today announced that Peyton Harris, of Mifflintown, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges related to the possession of child pornography and furnishing alcohol to minors.  Harris was employed as a teacher’s aide at Juniata High School and Newport High School, and served as the assistant manager for the track team at Juniata High School during the 2021-2022 school year.

“Parents and students trusted Mr. Harris to be a positive influence and empower the young people in their community,” said Acting Attorney General Michelle Henry. “He violated that trust when he exploited minors and put them at risk. Today’s guilty plea is a reminder that this office will continue to work to protect young people and hold accountable those who hurt them.”

The investigation found that Harris hosted a party at his home where he furnished alcohol to minors using a false identification card. During the party, Harris captured photographs and videos of minors engaged in sexual activity.

Harris pleaded guilty to the charges of Sexual Abuse of Children – Child Pornography, and Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General Daniel Dye.

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