Annapolis man is charged in Internet child porn case

June 11, 1999|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

A 52-year-old Annapolis man was charged with possessing child pornography yesterday in a federal indictment that culminated an FBI online sting operation investigating sex crimes against children.

The case against Jeffrey D. Hooper of the 1800 block of Manor Green Court was based on an undercover federal agent's Internet conversations with him, and the seizure of an extensive collection of child pornography videotapes and computer images from Hooper's home last month, according to court records.

Investigators recovered a large collection of firearms, including rifles, shotguns and semiautomatic handguns, replicas of police badges, fireworks and instructions for making a bomb. They also seized two stun guns that Hooper said he had purchased through an online auction site.

"Obviously, any child pornography case is significant. What adds to the significance of this case is the fact that he had the police paraphernalia," said U.S. Postal Inspector Thomas E. Boyle.

Hooper, who Boyle said was a self-employed consultant for printing companies, could not be reached to comment.

Pub Date: 6/11/99

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