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Ex-Orange summer camp manager faces child porn charges

Posted December 19, 2013

— An Orange County man who worked at a summer camp for children was arrested Wednesday on federal child pornography charges, according to the sheriff's office. 

Bruce Howard Aycock, of 1520 Camp Circle in Chapel Hill, is charged with receiving child pornography and distribution of child pornography.

"He was trading child pornography with other individuals," said Chan McDade, an investigator with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

According to investigators, Aycock was arrested following a two-month investigation that began after the Dropbox online file-sharing service tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Dropbox managers informed the center that one of its users was storing and sharing sexually explicit material, according to an affidavit for a search warrant. The IP addresses associated with the account traced to a computer at New Hope Camp & Conference Center, a private camp in Orange County, and to a computer at Aycock's home, which is on camp property, the affidavit states.

Orange County deputies searched the home and the camp offices and seized several desktop and laptop computers, digital cameras, a video camera, CDs filled with photos, external hard drives, flash drives and other electronic devices, according to search warrants.

"As technology changes, it seems like the bad guys figure out new ways to hide their activity. So now, instead of being in the computer, it's stored somewhere off site," McDade said. "They have access to it, and they can give other individuals access to those accounts."

New Hope Camp & Conference Center Former summer camp manager arrested on child porn charges

He called the case "one of the worst cases I've worked on" in the past decade or so, noting that authorities found thousands of sexually explicit photos and hundreds of children, many under age 5, in the materials they seized.

"There was nothing I have been able to find that was in Orange County," he said.

Richard Stevens, executive director of New Hope, said that Aycock was suspended as soon as camp officials became aware of the allegations against him, and he resigned shortly thereafter.

"There are no allegations that Mr. Aycock's activities involved New Hope Camp & Conference Center, to our knowledge, and we understand that all of the allegations revolve around Mr. Aycock's activities on the Internet," Stevens said in a statement.

Authorities said Aycock worked at the camp for five years, most recently as program director.

Aycock was turned over to U.S. marshals in Greensboro.

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  • Raleigh Boys Dec 20, 2:46 p.m.

    Innocent until proven guilty, folks.

  • 678devilish Dec 20, 11:54 a.m.

    What a shame. Parent be more than aware of the person your children will be involved with at these camps. Some of these leaders have other intentions with your child. Don't put your child in that kind of danger. Check everyone out that will be involved with your child. Make it really safe for your child.

  • Electric Dec 20, 11:07 a.m.

    My grandson went to the camp for years. NEVER in a THOUSAND years would I have suspected any activity as this. The Camp is wonderful, and too bad they had a bad egg, but do not blame the camp. Perhaps when "hiring" one who works with children of all ages, check out their facebook or twitter accts Before hiring???

  • itsmyownopinion Dec 20, 8:04 a.m.

    If there's one thing that boggles my mind it's sympathizers when something like this comes to light. What is wrong with you people who put privacy of perverts above child sexual exploitation?

  • Mebanite2 Dec 19, 6:18 p.m.

    My daughter has been going to this camp on and off for seven years. I've spoken to this guy on many occasions, and never would have suspected this - there was never any indication at all. I'm sure all of the NHCCC camp parents are as shocked as I am.

  • justafella Dec 19, 5:28 p.m.

    " However, it is disturbing that Dropbox is looking through users storage files."
    I for 1 am glad this time they did. What if one of the childern in the photos or files was yours.

  • silverballwiz Dec 19, 4:44 p.m.

    It seems like everyday you hear stories like this. There sure are a lot of sick people in this world. I for one would like to see anyone that takes advantage of our children go to court, get a fair trial, and if convicted, punished to the fullest extent of the law. Child molesters and abusers make me sick..

  • sunneyone2 Dec 19, 3:22 p.m.

    Anyone storing information on an internet based site has to know that there is no expectation of privacy. Personally, I'm glad they did it in this instance.
    What a nightmare for that camp and every parent that sent a child there.....

  • Moriahe Dec 19, 2:25 p.m.

    Dropbox polices the information placed on their servers in order to protect themselves from liability, nothing more. Plus, they disclose this up front in the user agreement. There is no "big brother" issue here whatsoever.

  • soyousay Dec 19, 1:30 p.m.

    Are the kind folks at Dropbox regularly perusing the contents of our storage?"
    ...and so does Google, Microsoft, and anywhere else data is shared or stored.

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