Man given 2 years in jail for molesting teen boys

October 25, 1994|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

A retired New Jersey school teacher was sentenced in Anne Arundel Circuit Court yesterday to two years in prison for committing sex acts with teen-age boys in a Hanover motel room.

Richard Pepe, 48, of the 300 block of Union Ave. in Elizabeth, N.J., pleaded guilty Sept. 12 to three counts of committing unnatural and perverted sex practices.

He was charged during a 1993 crackdown on an interstate pornography ring that recruited boys from the Baltimore area and filmed them committing sex acts in northern Anne Arundel County motel rooms.

Pepe's sex acts involved three youths and occurred between July 31 and Aug. 2, 1993, at the Red Roof Inn in the 7300 block of Parkway Drive. He was charged Sept. 2, 1993. His three victims were among about 15 boys, ages 8 to 15, police said.

Assistant State's Attorney Robert Bittman said there was no evidence that Pepe played any part in recruiting or filming the victims, but that he engaged in sex acts with them before and after the filming.

On Aug. 26, a federal judge in Newark, N.J., sentenced Pepe to nine years in prison for the same offenses, said Laura Kaplan, an assistant U.S. attorney in Newark.

John G. MacLeod, described by police as the ring leader, has pleaded guilty to several counts of child pornography, child abuse, perverted sex acts and conspiracy. MacLeod, 64, of the 8100 block of Eastern Ave. in Silver Spring, is serving a 30-year prison sentence.

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