Dark Side

Ex-Headmaster Charged With Child Porn

Christopher Wheeler, ex-headmaster at Tower Hill School, an elite Delaware prep school, has been charged with 25 counts of dealing in child pornography and faces at least 50 years in prison if convicted on all counts. The 54-year-old is on trial before Superior Court Judge Eric Davis, whom he has elected to decide his fate. The case began after a Pennsylvania man and his younger brother made child sexual-abuse allegations against Wheeler. Prompted by the allegations, Delaware investigators searched Wheeler’s home and office and found some 2,000 images of child pornography, according to police. Wheeler was paid more than $300,000 a year at Tower Hill, where tuition exceeds $25,000 a year, and which was founded by members of the du Pont family. He has remained in custody since his arrest last fall, unable to post $1.5 million cash bail.