Frederick Co. schoolteacher sentenced in child porn case

He gets 21 months for videos from Internet

November 01, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 61-year-old schoolteacher from Frederick was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to 21 months for buying $90 worth of child pornography over the Internet.

Samuel O. Huffer, a former drama teacher at Walkersville High School, was sentenced by Judge William M. Nickerson in Baltimore after he pleaded guilty to receiving a shipment of three child pornography videos in the spring.

In a statement of facts submitted to Nickerson, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew G.W. Norman said Huffer ordered the videos in an e-mail to a postal inspector who was working undercover. Huffer taught for 40 years in Frederick County schools, but lost his $50,000 job as a result of the arrest, said his lawyer, Thomas L. Heeney.

Heeney also told Nickerson that 100 teachers, parents and friends from the Frederick theater group where Huffer volunteered had written letters expressing support.

In a brief statement that he read to Nickerson, Huffer said that he let his roommate talk him into buying the tapes and called it a "great mistake."

"I've already lost a great deal, and I'd like to apologize to my mom, my family and my friends," Huffer said.

Nickerson agreed to recommend to federal prison officials that Huffer serve his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, so that he could remain near his mother, three children and three grandchildren.

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