Man held on child pornography charges

April 10, 1997

A Westminster man accused of enticing a teen-age boy to make a pornographic videotape last year is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail at Carroll County Detention Center.

Michael J. Potts, 21, was arrested Tuesday on charges of soliciting a minor for the purpose of child pornography, promoting and distributing child pornography, and two counts of conspiring to make a pornographic video and distribute it.

The boy, then 14, is not being named.

In charging documents, police said the videotape, which was turned over to them by the boy's parents, was made about April 1, 1996, at a South Court Street residence in Westminster.

Police said the teen-ager was promised $100 or an ounce of marijuana if he would participate.

Fire

Westminster: Firefighters from Reese assisted Westminster at 11: 38 p.m. Tuesday, responding to a fire alarm in the 200 block of Memorial Drive. Units were out 20 minutes.

Police

Westminster: A resident of Pleasant Valley Road told police Sunday that someone damaged wiring and stole the taillight assembly from his vehicle while it was parked at 140 Village shopping center. The loss was estimated at $250.

Pub Date: 4/10/97

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