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ADA: Cary photographer fired after asking out student

Posted September 16, 2014 3:12 p.m. EDT
Updated September 16, 2014 5:45 p.m. EDT

— A Cary freelance photographer facing child pornography charges was fired from a job with a high school booster club after he allegedly asked out a student, a Wake County prosecutor said during a hearing Tuesday.

Police arrested David Earl Maney II, 43, of 104 Arbor Way, Monday on 12 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor after finding images of children as young as 3 years old on his computer.

During a first court appearance, Wake County Assistant District Attorney Boz Zellinger said Maney, at one point, worked for Cary High School's athletic booster club, taking photos at sporting events, but was let go after the incident with the student.

District Judge Jennifer Knox increased Maney's bond from $650,000 to $1 million after Zellinger argued that he is a flight risk.

Police began investigating Maney last week  after a 16-year-old girl's mother found a Facebook chat message between Maney and her daughter in which he allegedly asked her to pose nude.

According to a search warrant, police found images of the girl on the Facebook page of his company, DM2 Photography.

Investigators found about 60 images on his computer and another 60 on a thumb drive that Manley admitted were his, Zellinger said.

Detectives said in a search warrant that they believe the photos were exchanged over the Internet and were not of local children.