Arundel man convicted of child pornography


July 01, 2006|By MATTHEW DOLAN

A 59-year-old Anne Arundel County man pleaded guilty this week to child pornography charges in federal court, the U.S. attorney's office announced yesterday.

Danny Fleck of Severn pleaded guilty late Thursday to one count of sexually exploiting a minor to produce pornographic pictures and one count of attempting to transport child pornography. According to the statement of facts presented to the court at his guilty plea, Fleck coerced young girls to engage in sexually explicit conduct in order to create pictures and a video. From 1998 to 2002, Fleck met nine such girls under the age of 18 through the Internet.

On Oct. 27, 2003, Fleck attempted to carry the photographs and video of four girls engaging in sex onto a flight out of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Transportation Security Administration security officers searched Fleck's carry-on bag, discovered the child pornography and alerted airport police.

Fleck could receive a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each of the two charges. His sentencing before U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis has been scheduled for Nov. 3.

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