The former principal of a small high school in Playa del Rey has been sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography on his home computer.

Playa del Rey resident Randolph Barnett Cornfield, 61, the former principal at Del Rey Continuation School, pleaded guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, April 8th to one felony count of possessing child pornography, Los Angeles County district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said.

Prosecutors had said they wanted the former principal to serve time in prison but Superior Court judge Patricia Schnegg instead sentenced Cornfield to probation.

Schnegg additionally ordered Cornfield to register as a sex offender and sentenced him to 30 days in county jail. The defendant was credited with time already served.

His computer was seized and as part of his probation, the former principal is not allowed to be alone with any minor under the age of 16 or view any photos of minors on the Internet.

Cornfield was arrested at his home in June after police received a tip that he was in possession of child pornography on his personal computer. Investigators learned that Cornfield posed as a 12-year-old girl, engaged in sexually explicit conversations in an Internet chat room and offered to provide nude photos of minors.

Del Rey Continuation High School is adjacent to Westchester High School and has an enrollment of about 40 students. Cornfield served as principal for three years prior to his arrest.

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