Law enforcement in Maryland has now charged a former substitute teacher and elementary school basketball coach with the possession of child pornography, where he's facing anywhere from 30 to 40 years in prison for his crimes against prepubescent children.
Speights was first arrested in April of 2017 after the online storage company Dropbox tipped off authorities that someone was digitally storing images and videos of child pornography on their servers.
35-year-old Christopher Speights is now awaiting sentencing on child sex abuse and possession and distribution of child pornography charges after entering a guilty plea churning from a deal with prosecutors to avoid a lengthy trial.
Speights coached young children at the Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights, where Speights is believed to have coerced at least 59 of the tiny kids into taking pornographic photos as well as committing explicit acts on other minors, in one of the most widespread and horrific cases of pedophile-related sexual abuse the state of Maryland has ever seen, according to<a href="http://usatodayhss.com/2018/former-basketball-coach-in-md-pleads-guilty-to-child-pornography-charges"> USA Today High School Sports</a>.
Speights is also accused of physically abusing multiple of the students which were left under his supervision and care, some of which relates to traveling basketball trips with the children.
Prosecutors say that Speights would secretly record the young boys whole on the road trip and that he also posed as a teenage girl on social media to both solicit and blackmail other children for additional explicit images.
The disturbing pedophile used numerous fake identities online to coerce more than 20 minors to send him sexually explicit images of themselves, recorded himself sexually exploiting three boys during school and basketball team trips in Maryland, and secretly recorded two boys in a hotel bathroom during a trip to North Carolina.
“Mr. Speights did what most predators do,” said Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks. “Through substitute teaching, coaching, and volunteering, “he availed himself at every opportunity . . . to be around children.”
Authorities also fear there could be additional victims, with Speights having prior worked as a substitute teacher at Bradbury Heights Elementary School and John Eager Howard Elementary School for nearly thirteen years.
Speights also coached various sports programs at Bradbury Heights and coached for the South County Steelers through the South County Sports Academy in 2015 and 2016.
“When Speights took these kids to different field trips and different events, while they were sleeping or in other compromised positions, he did photograph their genitalia and photographed them while they were showering,” Assistant Attorney General Kelly A. Burrell said.
The guilty plea made Friday includes child sex abuse, three counts of child pornography charges including distribution, possession and photographing, and Speights pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of production of child pornography and one count of attempted production of child pornography in U.S. district court in Maryland.
The horrific pedophile has now shattered the lives of nearly five dozen children, possibly more, and taxpayers will be forced to pay for him to eat, sleep, and be housed in a prison for the period of 30 to 40 years.
It's absolutely appalling that these types of crimes are not punishable by execution, and that this man has a chance at freedom in the future.
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