The principal of a small high school in Playa del Rey who was charged with possessing child pornography on his computer allegedly posed as a 12-year-old girl on an Internet chat room, authorities said.

Playa del Rey resident Randolph Cornfield, 60, principal at Del Rey Continuation High School of the Los Angeles Unified School District, has been charged with possessing child pornography on a CD-ROM and on a Zip drive, said deputy district attorney Marc Beaart of the High Tech Crimes Division.

Cornfield was scheduled to be arraigned on two felony counts Thursday, July 3rd.

He was arrested at his home on Manchester Avenue June 12th, after officers with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Internet Crimes Against Children Unit received a tip that he was allegedly in possession of child pornography. Cornfield was released after posting $20,000 bail.

Detectives seized a personal computer from Cornfield’s home and one from the high school, which is adjacent to Westchester High School.

Police conducted an investigation and determined that Cornfield also allegedly posed as a young girl and engaged in sexually explicit conversation in an Internet chat room, offering to provide nude photos, authorities said.

Detectives have found no evidence that Cornfield is connected to any incidents of child abuse involving students, said Detective Moses Castillo of the LAPD Juvenile Division.

Cornfield has worked in the school district since 1982 and has served as principal at Del Rey Continuation for three years. He was placed on leave from the school pending the investigation.

If convicted, Cornfield faces up to three years, eight months in state prison.

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