A former teacher at a Matthews area private school has been arrested on child exploitation charges.
Christopher David Muggler, age 26, is charged with five counts of felony second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. If convicted, the minimum sentence is 25 months in prison.
State statute defines the charge as anyone who records, photographs, films, develops, or duplicates “material that contains a visual representation of a minor engaged in sexual activity; or Distributes, transports, exhibits, receives, sells, purchases, exchanges, or solicits material that contains a visual representation of a minor engaged in sexual activity.”
Union County Sheriff’s deputies and agents with the FBI arrested Muggler at his home in Indian Trail on March 26. The FBI is now leading the investigation and more charges are possible.
Muggler has been released on a $25,000 bond and his next court date is set for April 23.
Muggler was a middle school teacher and coach at Covenant Day School. The school released a statement stating that Muggler has been fired and the school is cooperating with authorities.
“Christ Covenant Church and Covenant Day School have been made aware that one of Christ Covenant’s youth volunteers and Covenant Day’s middle school teachers and coaches, Mr. Chris Muggler, was arrested off-campus on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, by the Union County Sherriff’s Office and charged with second degree sexual exploitation of a minor related to online activity.
Mr. Muggler is no longer employed at Covenant Day and is not allowed on the church or school campuses. As a church and school, we are shocked and grieved by the news details above. Covenant Day parents and Christ Covenant Church youth parents have been made aware of this incident. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement authorities in every way possible.
Since this is an ongoing investigation, the details of the incident are not available for release and may continue to be limited until the judicial process moves forward. As of this time, we have no reason to believe that any of our students are or have been involved. The safety and security of our students is our primary concern and utmost priority.”
Muggler does not hold a teaching license according to the North Carolina teacher licensure database.