Owner of Padonia club charged in child porn case

Rigger, 56, released on bail

  • Ira Charles F. Rigger Jr.
Ira Charles F. Rigger Jr. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore…)
June 17, 2011|By Baltimore Sun staff

The chief executive of the Padonia Park Club, a family-owned swim and child care center in Cockeysville, has been charged with downloading child pornography from the Internet, according to court documents filed in Baltimore County.

Ira Charles F. Rigger Jr., 56, of Thurkill Court in Cockeysville, was released on bail Thursday. The police charging documents say detectives seized a Dell laptop computer, containing images of young girls, that Rigger allegedly used at the Jenifer Road business and at his home. Police also said they searched the club.

Rigger did not return calls for comment. Reached by telephone, his son declined to comment, as did two employees at the club. The Rigger family has owned the business for decades.

By mid-morning Friday, more than a dozen children and fathers were taking part in the club's Father's Day celebration on the playground next to Padonia's child care center. Two fathers, who did not want to give their names, expressed concern that they were not informed.

The club offers catering services, is open for weddings, and has a child care center and camps. Rigger is not accused of having illicit contact with children, but the court documents say he admitted to police that he "prefers still images of young girls in the nude."

The court documents say he has been downloading such images for five years and that he would delete files after viewing them. But police said in the charging documents that detectives seized two computers from his home and recovered child pornography from one computer's hard drive.

Police also said in the court documents that the FBI was helping with the investigation. The story was first reported by WJZ-TV.

Sun reporter Steve Kilar contributed to this article.

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