Andrew Wolf was a math teacher at the prestigious Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, and prosecutors say some of his victims were his own students.
Just over eight months after he was arrested by the FBI over an investigation into child pornography, a former teacher at an elite private school in Philadelphia pleaded guilty to the case, which alarmingly involved some of his students.
Andrew Wolf, 41, who taught mathematics at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to seven counts of fabricating or attempting to produce child pornography and one count of conspiracy to fabricate child pornography. At least one victim’s mother was present in the courtroom. Wolf’s accomplice, 19-year-old Kray Strange from Carthage, New York, also pleaded guilty on Thursday to the same charges.
According to court documents, Strange connected with Wolf online after reading some stories that federals say Wolf posted on a controversial “erotic literature” website that includes genres such as bestiality, incest and “adult youth.”
Investigators say Strange had experience fooling underage boys into sending him sexually explicit photos and videos, pretending to be a teenager. He would use the names Alexandria and Leslie, among other pseudonyms.
And in July 2020, Wolf and Strange began working together to target the boys in Wolf’s high school classes at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, according to the files. Prosecutors say Wolf will identify the children he wanted to target, giving Strange his name and social media accounts, and then Strange would go to work, illegally obtaining photos and videos of the boys and sending Wolf’s. The FBI also said in court documents that Wolf gave his identity to a little girl sometimes on TikTok and SnapChat, using the name Ashley Hamilton.
This was an organized process. In January 2021, investigators say, Wolf sent a message to Strange, telling him that he had decided to “make a Google document to help organize the bait of my students.” “So far I’ve been in sixth grade,” he continued, “but I’ll keep working on it.”
The FBI carried out search warrants on Wolf and Strange’s messaging applications and devices, and prosecutors said there were at least 25 bait victims, including children positively identified as students at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.
When investigators searched Wolf’s home in Roxborough, they say they also found that Wolf used the Telegram messaging app to “communicate with other similar predatory children” in 2018 and continued to do so until a the day before the arrest, when prosecutors say he used the app to receive a sexually explicit video of a middle-aged boy.
Lawyers representing Strange and Wolf did not respond to requests for comment. A school spokesman said a statement would be provided to the media after the school communicated with the parents.
The sentence is scheduled for October 18. Both men face a minimum of 15 years in federal prison, as well as fines, restitutions and anywhere from five years to a life of supervised release after the expiration of prison sentences.
With a report by Walden Green