Christopher Wheeler, former Tower Hill headmaster who rejected an offer to serve only a minimum of four years in prison for dealing in child pornography, was instead sentenced to a mandatory 50 years behind bars Friday.
Christopher Wheeler received 25 years for each of the first three counts, suspended after two years and 2 years for each of the remaining 22 counts.
Each of the 25 year sentences are to be followed by 2 years of probation to run concurrently.
Wheeler will also be registered as a sex offender and he has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.
Wheeler is a former headmaster at Tower Hill school in Wilmington, whose graduates include DuPont Co. CEO Ellen Kullman, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons and television personality Dr. Oz.
Wheeler waived his right to a jury trial after the judge denied a defense motion to suppress evidence seized by police.
The prosecutor said Wheeler was in possession of over 2,000 images she considered child pornography, and over 3,000 images considered child erotica.
Wheeler’s defense team expressed the intent to appeal the decision.