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Former admissions chief at Tower Hill faces child pornography charges


A former admissions director at Tower Hill School, Wilmington, is facing child pornography charges.

William R. Ushler, 53 of Wilmington, was charged with five counts of Dealing in Child Pornography and is currently in custody at Howard Young Correctional Center, Wilmington, on $250,000 cash bail.

The images were found by the online services company Yahoo and forwarded to authorities, according to a charging report.

“These charges are the result of thorough work by DOJ and DSP’s team on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force,” said Attorney General Kathy Jennings. “We moved swiftly, especially once it became clear that the target worked around children. There is nothing—nothing—more important than protecting our kids. We implore anyone with information related to this matter to contact the Child Predator Task Force at (302) 739-2030.”

Several years ago, the private school was rocked by the arrest of the former head of school on child pornography charges.

Christopher Wheeler’s conviction was later overturned by the Delaware Supreme Court over issues related to search warrants.

Alumni of Tower Hill include U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, former Gov., and Cong. Mike Castle, Dr. Oz, and former DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman.

Tower Hill School has been ranked 47th in the country by TheBestSchools.org in a survey of private day schools. Tuition runs about about $30,000 a year.

Spokesman Mat Marshall said the department does not typically comment on active investigations (i.e., pre-indictment), but made an exception, given the significant public interest in the case, the position of trust held by the accused, and the DOJ’s unique role in the child pornography investigation. Marshall said there will be no further comment during the investigation.