Substitute teacher sentenced for production of child porn

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GREENBELT, Md. – A 35-year-old substitute teacher was sentenced to 35 years in prison for production of child pornography.

Back in December 2016, prosecutors say Maryland State Police found that production and possession of images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors were associated the an IP address at Christopher Speights’ residence in Capitol Heights.

In April 2017, state troopers and Homeland Security agents executed a search warrant at Speights’ home.

During the search, Speights confirmed to law enforcement that he was a permanent substitute teacher, working full-time, at Bradbury Heights Elementary school, located in Prince George’s County. Speights also confirmed that he coached boys youth basketball with a traveling team.

Prosecutors say Speights admitted to possessing child pornography on an iPad and secretly filming some of the minors he coached while the team was staying in North Carolina for a basketball trip in March 2016. Prosecutors say Speights placed his backpack in the hotel room’s bathroom, with his iPad video recording from a hole in the pocket of the backpack.

Prosecutors say Speights also produced images documenting himself sexually exploiting three minor males from June to December 2015. One of those images was produced while Speights was chaperoning a fifth grade class trip.

Law enforcement officials say Speights also pretended to be a minor on many occasions online and got over 20 minor males and females to send images of themselves engaged in sexually explicit conduct through social media. According to the plea agreement, Speights threatened the minors on more than one occasion if they did not comply with his demands.

Following Speights’ release, he will be supervised for life.

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