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HOUSTON (AP) — A former Houston-area high school arts teacher must serve eight years in federal prison for receipt of child pornography.

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Scott Burns of Alvin was sentenced Monday in Houston. The 46-year-old Burns in May pleaded guilty in the child porn case in 2012 and 2013.

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Prosecutors say the Alvin High School teacher received and possessed child pornography. Burns was arrested last December. He was suspended and lost his job after being accused of using adult former students as the subjects of sexually suggestive photos and paintings.

The investigation began when an abandoned briefcase turned over to the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office was found to contain child pornography. Computer-related items in the case yielded about 600 images and videos of child porn.

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