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Ex-summer camp manager pleads guilty to child porn charge

Posted February 7, 2014

Bruce Howard Aycock
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— An Orange County man who worked at a summer camp for children pleaded guilty Friday to receiving child pornography.

Bruce Howard Aycock, of 1520 Camp Circle in Chapel Hill, will be sentenced in June, when he faces five to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

Aycock was arrested in December following a two-month investigation that investigators said 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.

New Hope officials suspended Aycock when they learned of the allegations, and he later resigned as the camp's program director. Officials said they was no evidence that any children at the camp were depicted in the pornography.

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