Student teacher accused of soliciting photos from young girls on social media

Brennan pleaded not guilty to two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Authorities say a 22-year-old student teacher has been arrested for allegedly posing as a modeling agent so he could solicit photos from girls as young as 8-years-old.

Investigators say Christopher Suk-Bin Brennan had two personas. One was the well-traveled and talented musician, Saint Rose College graduate, and music teacher. The other was a predator of young girls.

Police said he posed as a talent scout on Facebook and Instagram under the account named “EMMASTANTON777.”

In January 2016, police said two different 10-year-old girls from the Colonie area received messages on Instagram requesting they send pictures of themselves in their underwear or in a bikini. Police said the message offered cash in exchange for the pictures.

Neither of the girls sent any photos.

“They notified their parents, and their parents notified us,” Colonie Police Lt. Robert Winn said.

An investigation was conducted, and police said Brennan sent similar messages to hundreds of other 8 to 15-year-old girls in the Colonie area on Facebook.

On March 15, Colonie police executed a search warrant at 508 Morris St. in Albany. Brennan was then taken to the Colonie Police Department, and his cell phone and laptop were seized.

Police are concerned about Brennan’s contact with young children. He worked as a student music teacher at both Giffen Memorial Elementary School and Magnet Montessori in Albany from mid-January through mid-March.

“He had a lot of contact with younger aged people,” Winn said. “So the potential is there that he could have had a victim that we don’t know about.”

There is no indication of any physical contact between Brennan and any victims, but he is believed to have received up to six pictures in response to his alleged requests. Investigators are now attempting to identify the potential victims.

If that person is underage, then Brennan could face additional charges, perhaps a felony.

The Colonie Police Department is asking anyone with information about Brennan or anyone who believes they were victimized by him to contact their local police department.

Brennan pleaded not guilty to two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was released from the Albany County Jail on $5,000 bail.  His next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.

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