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Trial set for Hagerstown man facing child porn charges

Thomas Leroy Griffin Jr. remains in federal custody

August 23, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
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A Washington County man who was charged with producing child pornography remained in federal custody Tuesday and is scheduled for trial on Oct. 24, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baltimore.

Thomas Leroy Griffin Jr., 32, of Hagerstown, was charged by Maryland prosecutors last year with child sexual abuse and later indicted by a Washington County grand jury on charges of producing child pornography.

However, those state charges were placed on the inactive docket last week because Griffin had been indicted by federal authorities for producing child pornography.

Griffin had been held on $1 million bond prior to being handed over to federal authorities. He entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Gauvey, according to federal court records.

Griffin's detention hearing was also held Monday, U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Marcia Murphy said.

Griffin was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 8 on charges of producing and possessing child pornography, specifically an 8-minute, 50-second VHS tape depicting him having actual or simulated sex with a minor female, the according to the indictment. The tape was made sometime between September 2006 and December 2009, the indictment said.

If found guilty of producing child pornography, Griffin could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said last week.

Wilson, who handled the local case against Griffin, told Washington County Circuit Court Judge Daniel P. Dwyer that the state did not rule out prosecuting Griffin on its charges once the federal case is resolved.

Griffin allegedly began sexually abusing the girl in 2006 when she was 6 years old, according to charging documents.

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