DA looks into allegations of possible sex abuse at All Saints Elementary amid baby porn case
By Douglass Dowty
March 22, 2016
|The board of All Saints Elementary School of Tipperary Hill, located at 112 S. Wilbur Ave. in Syracuse, told parents the FBI is investigating whether Emily Oberst victimized any students. Oberst was arrested Saturday and charged with sexually exploiting a baby girl.|
Syracuse, NY -- The Onondaga County District Attorney's Office is probing whether any students at All Saints Elementary School were physically abused, an official confirmed.
Their probe comes amid a federal child pornography case against school aide Emily Oberst, 23, who was fired Monday after being charged with sexually exploiting a 16-month-old girl.
Oberst, of Syracuse, is accused of helping Jason Kopp, 40, of Liverpool, sexually exploit the young girl for pornography.
A letter sent to All Saints parents Monday warned that students might also be victims.
"Unfortunately, this morning in a meeting with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, we learned that there may be additional victims of Miss Oberst's criminal activity, including students at All Saints," the school's letter read.
First Chief Assistant District Attorney Rick Trunfio said that the DA's office is looking into the reports of abuse.
"We are actively investigating any and all allegations of any sexual abuse of any children in this case," he said.
For their part, federal authorities have remained tight-lipped. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Southwick confirmed today that the FBI is investigating matters involving Emily Oberst at the All Saints school. He would not comment further.
All Saints is housed in an old parochial school building at 112 Wilbur Ave., but is not sanctioned by the Syracuse Catholic Diocese.
Syracuse.com is continuing to reach out to school administrators. Check back to Syracuse.com for more details as they become available.