Former Maryland substitute teacher indicted on federal child porn charges

A former Prince George’s County substitute teacher and basketball coach accused of sharing child pornography through a Dropbox account has been indicted on additional related charges by a federal grand jury.

Christopher H. Speights, 34, has been charged with two counts of production and one count of the attempted production of child pornography after a jury returned an indictment against him in U.S. District Court in Maryland, according to federal court records.

He entered a plea of not guilty at his initial appearance before a judge on Aug. 22.

Speights is accused of victimizing four minors to produce and transmit child pornography, the July 27 indictment says.

Police said they’re still investigating whether the images depicted children whom Speights worked with at the school or through his coaching.

“This investigation is active and ongoing,” said Greg Shipley, a spokesman for Maryland State Police. “We are working with federal officials and the county state’s attorney’s office.”

Speights also faces prosecution in Prince George’s County, where he was arrested in April on charges of producing, possessing and distributing child pornography.

Police in April seized several electronic devices from Speights’s home in Capitol Heights and found images of children performing sexually explicit acts, according to charges filed by Maryland State Police. Investigators found at least 153 files containing graphic images, and Speights admitted to uploading child pornography to a Dropbox account, charging papers state.

Maryland State Police said they were asked to look into the case in December after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alerted authorities to concerns from Dropbox regarding suspected possession of illegal content, according to the charging papers.

Speights, who worked for Prince George’s County Public Schools for nine years, was a substitute teacher and coach at Bradbury Heights Elementary School, police said. He also was a basketball coach for South County Sports Academy.

Speights’s plea of not guilty was entered in federal court the day after a judge in the same courthouse sentenced Deonte Carraway to 75 years in prison on child pornography charges involving a dozen children. Carraway was a former volunteer and teachers’ aide at Judge Sylvania W. Woods Elementary School in Prince George’s County and the director of a local choir.

After Speights’s arrest in April, the school system said he was no longer employed with the county, and the district has been working to improve student safety.

“We stand ready to cooperate as needed, but we have received no further information from law enforcement and no confirmation of whether any PGCPS students were involved,” said John White, a spokesman for Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Federal court records show that Speights is being represented by the federal public defender’s office, which has a policy of not commenting on open cases. Speights’s public defender for the local case in Prince George’s County declined to comment.

via Washington PostVPGmap

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  1. This story makes my skin crawl!! But for more reason than you think!

    YET, OUR STATES ATTORNEY MS. ALSOBROOKS, WANTS TO BE COUNTY EXEC! SHE IS FULL OF BULL!
    Ms. Alsobrooks should be ashamed of herself!! She could careless about our children, crimes committed against them or our community!!
    How does she make a deal, so that the Caucasian Sex Offender Devil, gets another chance to ruin more lives?? If she “stands willing to ensure school safety, why is he on the street?” Make no mistake, they (sex offenders) should never see day light and that includes the ones with light skin!!

    Tell us Ms Lying Alsobrooks, how do you think, he got his walking papers vs concurrent sentencing like the others? Why didn’t you charge him like the others? Why because of the color of his skin or is he related to someone in the “Maryland State of Crouption?”

    What no federal court for white skin? Why didn’t you charge him with ALL THE COUNTS OF ABUSE THAT HE COMMITTED? CONSIDERING YOU HAVE VIDEO!!! Did it get destroyed with Mr. Baker, Dr. Maxwell and your ethics?

    ARTICLE:
    Michael Paul Patopie, 38, of Capitol Heights, is accused of inappropriately touching a 4- and 5-year-old while working on a bus that serves special-needs children, according to charging documents filed in Prince George’s County District Court.

    Patopie was arrested Tuesday morning, according to county police.

    The woman who drove the bus reported two incidents to authorities that occurred on Nov. 19 and May 31, saying she occasionally saw Patopie kiss the 5-year-old child, documents state. The student’s mother said her child reported inappropriate touching, police allege in court papers.Video footage from the bus captured on Nov. 19 shows Patopie sitting next to the 4-year-old, according to court documents. Although his hand is out of view, the video shows Patopie touching the child, the records state. After the child is dropped off, Patopie touches the 5-year-old in a similar manner, puts the child on his lap and kisses the child’s forehead, police allege.

    Kevin M. Maxwell, chief executive for Prince George’s County Public Schools, said in a statement Tuesday that he is seeking to fire Patopie immediately, given his arrest.
    “I am horrified by the nature of these crimes, sickened and angry that this individual may have preyed upon our students,”
    FINAL COMMENTS:
    Dr. Maxwell was SEEKING, to terminate given his arrest??? The same Dr. Maxwell that attemted to fire the bus driver after she reported his administration’s FAILURE TO PROTECT these precious babies! The Dr. Maxwell that knew from Nov -Aug, babies were being abused, that’s 9 months before the CPS and Maxwell took action! But he still has is job! Oh lets not forget Baker who has covered up more scandals than the crouption in PGCPS! He is over Alsobrooks and CPS! My skin crawls to think, Alsobrooks, Baker, Maxwell and Eubanks are not in jail serving concurrent sentences over there crimes!

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