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MARCIA MURPHY at 410-209-4885
MAY 23, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARYLAND GYMNASTICS TEACHER WITH MASSIVE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY COLLECTION PLEADS GUILTY TO RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Defendant Was Caught as a Result of Nationwide Investigation
of Sophisticated Internet Message Board
Baltimore, Maryland - Patrick Bogan, age 41, of Edgewood, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to child pornography charges in one of the most significant child pornography cases ever prosecuted in Maryland due to the sheer volume of child pornography possessed by the defendant, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
“It is heartbreaking to think about the thousands of children who are victimized to produce child pornography and the many child molesters who draw encouragement from people who collect and trade pictures and videos of abused children,” said United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Mr. Bogan’s case was a top priority for our office because he worked with so many children in his job as a gymnastics instructor. We expect this investigation to result in many more prosecutions.”
This case arose from a nationwide investigation of a sophisticated internet message board conducted last year by the FBI. After determining that the bulletin board contained child pornography, undercover FBI agents used the bulletin board to post a link to a file on a covert FBI computer. The FBI captured the internet addresses of computers that tried to download the file, which was actually a non-pornographic image file.
Bogan accessed the advertised file on October 25, 2006. FBI agents traced Bogan’s access to the file to his residence in Edgewood, Maryland. Bogan was employed as a gymnastics teacher at Baltimore County Gymnastics, working with children ages 5 to 15 years.
On March 2, 2007, agents searched Bogan’s home and recovered five cabinets that contained VHS videotapes of child pornography. Agents also located a separate off-site storage unit that contained child pornography.
Bogan admitted that he had been looking at child pornography for approximately 20 years, initially collecting child pornography through the mail. In the 1990's he used the internet and WebTV, and in the last 5 years, the internet and a computer, to collect child pornography. More than 800 VHS tapes were located, with each tape completely full of child pornography and child erotica. A review of Bogan’s computer hard-drive revealed numerous folders and subfolders containing countless images of child pornography, including depictions of sexually explicit conduct with prepubescent females. The computer folders were extremely well organized alphabetically and numerically. Agents also located 21 pairs of girls’ underpants in Bogan’s bedroom.
Bogan faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years, and a maximum of twenty years in prison followed by supervised release for life for receipt of child pornography. As part of the plea agreement, Bogan and the government have agreed that six and a half years in federal prison is an appropriate sentence in this case. U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson has set sentencing for August 9, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Fortune and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who are prosecuting the case.