Teacher indicted in child porn case New charges include receiving, distribution

May 15, 1996|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

An Arundel High School teacher charged last month with using the Internet to obtain child pornography has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 13 counts of illegal trafficking and importation of pornography.

Bruce Edward McDade, 47, was indicted Monday on eight counts of distributing and five counts of receiving "a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct mailed, shipped and transported in interstate commerce," according to the U.S. District Court clerk's office in Greenbelt.

McDade, who has taught drama and speech for 24 years at Arundel and was a leader in youth theater, could receive a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

The teacher was charged with possession of child pornography after federal agents from the Postal Service and the Customs Service raided his Greenbelt home on April 18.

Agents found computer images of boys "clearly under the age of 12 engaging in sexually explicit conduct," according to an affidavit filed in court.

Agents seized books, magazines, videotapes and photographs that showed youths engaging in illicit behavior and letters offering to buy, sell or transmit child pornography, according to a search warrant unsealed by the court.

The case began in February, when a Customs Service agent in Phoenix, Ariz., contacted an agent in Baltimore about an investigation into trading of child pornography on the Internet.

Using an informant to conduct chats in "The Boys Room," agents pinpointed a man who called himself "TaranPB" -- later identified by federal agents as McDade -- who sent images to the informant several times in January and February.

Investigators were led to McDade after he asked the informant to send him a videocassette of child pornography and provided his address, according to court documents.

McDade, released to his brother's custody, has been assigned to the central office pending resolution of the case and a school system investigation.

He also was prohibited by the court from using a computer for anything other than word processing and from using the Internet or any online services.

Pub Date: 5/15/96

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