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Crime Insider: Teacher went on Instagram to have kids send him naked photos

Posted at 8:27 AM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 08:32:12-05

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. -- A judge has revoked the $50,000 bond for a substitute teacher at Benedictine College Preparatory who was recently arrested on child porn charges.

Rinku Costa, 32, was "was an occasional substitute teacher" from October through this month, according to a spokesperson for the Goochland-based school.

Multiple Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett that Costa was posing as a female on Instagram in order to get boys to send him nude photos.

Those same sources said they had not found any local victims, but were still investigating.

"After receiving a tip from Facebook regarding child pornography... the Goochland County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Benedictine Abbey, located at 12829 River Road in Goochland County," Goochland Sheriff Steven Creasey wrote in an email. "In the process of executing the search warrant, two cell phones and a laptop computer were recovered."

Costa was charged with one felony count of possession of child pornography and nine felony counts of second or subsequent offense possession of child pornography.

He was booked at Henrico County Jail.

"All you know is his bond has been revoked. That means a judge has a concern about whether he will show up for court or not, and it is most likely based on new information since he posted bond," CBS 6 legal analyst Todd Stone said. "The fact that he had access to children really tells me they will conduct an intense investigation surrounding his job and specifically to look at his electronic fingerprints within his devices."

The school called Costa a "temporary guest of the Benedictine monastic community" who taught while "awaiting return to his home country of Bangladesh."

A return delayed by COVID-19, the school said.

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Rinku Costa

"Prior to serving in the classroom, Mr. Costa underwent a screening process by the school including fingerprinting, VIRTUS instruction, and a criminal background check, which did not reveal any information related to prior criminal conduct or charges," a statement from the school continued. "Immediately following his arrest, steps were taken to prevent Mr. Costa from having any access to school buildings and the monastery, and he will no longer be allowed on campus."

Anyone with information was asked to call Lt. Henley or Investigator Ritter with the Goochland County Sheriff’s Office at 804-556-5349 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780- 1000.