WASHINGTON COUNTY -- A Finksburg, Md., man charged with 65 counts of child pornography will have his case transferred to Washington County Circuit Court after waiving his preliminary hearing Thursday in Washington County District Court.
Michael William Zimmer, 39, of 3736 Niner Road, was charged in May in connection with photographs that police allege he took of himself and another man having sex with a teenage girl who had run away from a foster home in Hagerstown, the application for statement of charges said. One count was filed for each image police found on a digital camera, the application said.
District Judge Mark D. Thomas denied a request by attorney Bernard Semler that Zimmer's bail be lowered to $100,000 from $250,000. Zimmer had a steady employment record and would live with his parents if he made bail, Semler said.
Assistant State's Attorney Leon Debes opposed the request.
"I believe the bond ... is reasonable given the circumstances," Thomas said.