3 men charged with running child pornography ring

August 24, 1993|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

A Silver Spring-based child pornography ring that allegedly recruited boys from Baltimore City and Baltimore County has been broken up by Montgomery County police, authorities said, and three men have been arrested.

John Glenford MacLeod, 62, of the 8100 block of Eastern Ave. in Silver Spring was charged with producing child pornography, pandering, prostitution, unnatural and perverted sex acts, and conspiracy to produce child pornography. His bail is set at $1 million.

His roommate, Edmond Henry Lacroix, 60, was charged with sodomy, a fourth-degree sexual offense and prostitution. His bail was set at $600,000.

Eric Nastalin, 32, of New Jersey, was charged with producing child pornography and is being held by New Jersey authorities. All three were arrested Saturday.

Mr. MacLeod allegedly was the point man, recruiting teen-age boys from the Dundalk and Patterson Park areas and taking them to hotel rooms or his Silver Spring apartment, said Sgt. Frank Young of the Montgomery County police. There, the boys allegedly had sex with Mr. MacLeod, Mr. Lacroix and Mr. Nastalin, Sergeant Young said.

The men allegedly videotaped themselves with the boys, then Mr. Nastalin would take the tapes back to Union, N.J., Sergeant Young said. What became of the tapes is not known, he said.

Sergeant York said the teen-agers were willing participants who were paid $150 to $250 for each taping session. But "we look at them as victims," he said.

Police were tipped off by the mother of a 14-year-old Dundalk boy who grew suspicious of Mr. MacLeod.

She said she had been told he was the uncle of one of her son's friends but that she didn't believe that.

Sergeant Young said the 14-year-old told police how the ring operated and helped them crack the case. Mr. MacLeod allegedly enticed the boys by taking them places.

"He would take them to Skateland and to the movies," Sergeant Young said.

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