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Testimony given in child porn case

September 21, 2000

Testimony given in child porn case



By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer


A former Washington County Fire Police officer charged with child pornography had pictures of boys as young as 10 years old engaged in sexual acts on his home computer, a Maryland State Police investigator testified Thursday.

After hearing Cpl. Marc W. Price's testimony, Washington County District Court Judge R. Noel Spence said he found sufficient probable cause to forward Warren Van Conway's case to Washington County Circuit Court.

Conway, 61, of the 200 block of East Poplar Street in Funkstown, was charged with soliciting a minor to engage in the production of child pornography; permitting a minor to engage in sexual conduct; photographing, filming and creating a computer image of a minor engaging in a sex act, and promoting and distributing child pornography, according to charging documents.

He was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on Thursday afternoon on $100,000 bond.

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Conway's Fire Police badge was confiscated upon his Aug. 15 arrest and he was suspended after more than 10 years as a fire police officer, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Mount Aetna Volunteer Fire Department Chief Terry Stouffer said he removed Conway as a Fire Police officer Aug. 20 because he needed an active officer.

On Aug. 14, a woman told state police her 16-year-old son was approached by a man who wanted to take a picture of him engaging in a sex act with a female juvenile.

The boy told police that Conway offered to take a picture of the 16-year-old girl performing an oral sex act on him, Price testified during the preliminary hearing.

The boy refused and called his mother, police said.

At the time Conway made the offer he was dressed in his underwear and a T-shirt and had a video camera on a tripod focusing on the bed in the Hagerstown hotel room, Price testified.

While a police investigator was at the teenager's home that evening, Conway contacted the boy using America Online's instant messenger and the screen name wvancon, Price testified.

Price said Conway apologized for making the boy feel uncomfortable and told the boy the girl had hoped to have "gotten it on with him."

Then the boy asked Conway about nude pictures of the girl Conway had offered the boy earlier, Price testified.

The pictures were e-mailed to the boy and one of the photos showed the girl laying on the floor touching her breast and exposing her genitalia, Price testified.

Police recovered the video camera and tripod, a computer, a digital camera, a loaded Smith and Wesson revolver, Polaroid pictures and floppy discs from Conway's home, Price said.

Price testified that Conway admitted having several photos of boys as young as 10 years old engaged in sexual behavior.

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