Teacher denies child pornography charges High school instructor faces 14 counts in case

June 26, 1996|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

An Arundel High School teacher pleaded innocent yesterday in federal court to 14 counts of illegal trafficking, importation and possession of child pornography on the Internet.

Bruce Edward McDade, 47, was indicted May 13 by a federal grand jury on eight counts of distributing and five counts of receiving "a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct," according to the U.S. District Court clerk's office in Greenbelt.

McDade also was charged Monday with one count of possession of child pornography on the Internet.

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.

He has been ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Kenkel to have "no contact with children under 18."

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

His trial will be in December.

McDade was arrested on April 18 after federal agents from the Postal Service and the Customs Service raided his Greenbelt home. Agents found computer images of boys "clearly under the age of 12 engaging in sexually explicit conduct," court documents said.

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.

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.

Pub Date: 6/26/96

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