The former principal of a small high school in Playa del Rey who is accused of possessing child pornography on his computer has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Playa del Rey resident Randolph Cornfield, 60, who allegedly posed as a 12-year-old girl in an online chat room and offered to provide nude photos, pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography at his arraignment in Los Angeles County Superior Court August 6th, a court spokeswoman said.

The former principal at Del Rey Continuation High School is scheduled to appear in court in downtown Los Angeles for a preliminary hearing Wednesday, September 17th.

If convicted, Cornfield could face up to three years, eight months in state prison, according to the county District Attorney’s Office.

Cornfield was arrested at his home in June after police received a tip that he was allegedly in possession of child pornography on his personal computer. Los Angeles police detectives say they have found no evidence that Cornfield is connected to any incidents of child abuse involving students.

Del Rey Continuation High School, at 8701 Park Hill Drive, is adjacent to Westchester High School and has an enrollment of about 40 students. Cornfield served as school principal for three years.

An interim principal will oversee the school when it opens Wednesday, September 3rd, a Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman said.

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