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Teacher and Coach charged with Child Pornography

 

(CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD) – Investigators from the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit today arrested a Prince George’s County man on child pornography charges and subsequently learned he is employed as a teacher and coach. 

The accused is identified as Christopher H. Speights, 34, of Capitol Heights, Md.  He is currently charged with three counts of distribution of child pornography and six counts of possession of child pornography.  He has been taken to the Prince George’s County central booking center for his initial appearance before a court commissioner.  Additional charges are pending.

In December 2016, investigators in the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit received information about an individual using the Internet to distribute images and videos believed to be child pornography.  An investigation by the Computer Crimes Unit led to investigators obtaining a search warrant for a residence in Capitol Heights. 

The search warrant was served this morning by State Police investigators from the Computer Crimes Unit and agents from Homeland Security Investigations.  Speights was identified as residing at the residence.  Information developed during the investigation and search warrant today led to the recovery of several electronic devices belonging to Speights.  A preliminary forensic examination of those devices revealed several videos containing child pornography.  A complete examination of the devices will be conducted at the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit Forensic Laboratory. 

Troopers were told today the accused is or has been employed as a substitute teacher and basketball coach at Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Prince George’s County.  Information developed also indicated he is or has been a basketball coach with the South County Sports Academy. 

The Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division is continuing this investigation.  Anyone with information about the accused or concerned about contact their child may have had with him is urged to contact investigators at 410-953-8272.

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