A now former Bethel elementary school principal who has been accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to teenagers is facing a new charge: possession of child pornography.

Christopher Carmichael, 55, was the principal of Gladys Jung Elementary School before he was arrested last week on a charge of attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor and two counts of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.

On Wednesday, Carmichael was indicted in federal court on those charges as well as a charge of possession of child pornography.

A lengthy criminal affidavit details an account from a victim who reported Carmichael touched her inappropriately as a minor. During a months-long investigation, a Bethel police lieutenant took over the victim's communications with Carmichael, and later introduced an undercover FBI agent posing as the victim's 13-year-old cousin.

The two channels of communication with Carmichael produced the dozens of lewd text messages that appear in the initial charging documents.

According to the affidavit, Carmichael and the undercover FBI agent at one point discussed meeting somewhere in downtown Anchorage. During that conversation, the affidavit states Carmichael requested the agent send him a photo of her "in a bikini or bra and panties."

Though the meeting fell through, Carmichael continued to send sexually explicit messages to the agent believing she was a minor.

In another conversation, according to the affidavit, Carmichael asked the undercover agent if she liked to watch porn and directed her to a free porn website.

Carmichael appeared in court Tuesday for an arraignment. He has been appointed two federal defense attorneys and will be detained for now. Currently, the charges against Carmichael represent one real victim and two undercover law enforcement officers, but the investigation is ongoing.

Authorities are asking anyone who might have information on Carmichael to contact the Anchorage FBI office at 907-276-4441. 

Daniella Rivera contributed to this report.

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