Former Covenant Day School employee charged with child porn

UNION COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - A former employee at a private Christian school in Mecklenburg County was arrested on child porn charges in Union County, authorities said.

FBI agents along with Union County Sheriff's deputies arrested Christopher Muggler at his home in Indian Trail on March 26. Muggler served as a middle school teacher and coach at Convenant Day School in Matthews, school officials confirmed. He also served as a youth volunteer at Christ Covenant Church.

"Mr. Muggler is no longer employed at Covenant Day and is not allowed on the church or school campuses," school officials said in a statement. "As a church and school, we are shocked and grieved by the news details above. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement authorities in every way possible."

Administrators said they have no reason to believe that any of their students are or have been involved.

FOX 46 went to Muggler’s home in nearby Indian Trail. Muggler wasn’t home but his mother answered the door.

“No comment,” she said when asked of her son’s arrest.

“Were any children at the school involved?,” asked FOX 46 investigative reporter Matt Grant.

“Oh no,” his mother replied. “No.”

Muggler was charged with five counts of second degree exploitation of a minor. A person commits the offense of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor if, knowing the character or content of the material, they:

  • Record, photograph, 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.

The crime carries a minimum sentence of 25 months, if convicted.

In a neighborhood with young kids, several neighbors expressed shock and concern. Muggler’s next door neighbor didn’t want to give her name but said, through a translator, the charges are worrying – especially since she has young kids. 

“I was very worried about the news,” the mother said. “I have three young minor children. Yes, I’m afraid. I was very worried and scared.”

Muggler was taken into custody and later released on a $25,000 bond, according to the Union County Sheriff's Office. His next court date is set for April 23.