Prince George’s County Police was alerted to a basketball coach and substitute teacher who allegedly was distributing child pornography online in December 2016. Police obtained a search warrant of a residence in Capitol Heights, where the suspect was living. Investigators recovered a computer, iPhone and iPad that contained child pornography videos.
In April, police arrested 34-year-old Christopher Speights in connection with child pornography recovered from his Dropbox account. Dozens of victims as young as 7 years old have already been identified, but police believe there are others possibly outside the county or state.
Speight’s was employed as a basketball coach at the South County Sports Academy and substitute teacher at Bradbury Heights Elementary at the time of his arrest, according to a Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force news release.
“Speights had contact with children through the South County Steelers as a traveling basketball coach,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. “He also had contact with children through Bradbury Heights Elementary School. We have come to understand that he invited children to his home and they stayed with him there or during the course of the time when they were traveling with the team. He also had an opportunity to be alone with some of these children and so parents who know of Christopher Speights and know that he had contact with their children, we would like for them to reach out to us.”
Speights has been indicted on six counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of possession of child pornography with intent to distribute. He faces an additional charge of sexual abuse of a minor, according to the news release.
Speights is currently being held without bond and scheduled to appear in court on November 13.