Former camp manager pleads guilty to child porn charge

Feb. 10, 2014 @ 01:46 PM

A Chapel Hill man who worked at a summer camp for children pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to receiving child pornography.

Bruce Howard Aycock, formerly of 1520 Camp Circle in Chapel Hill, was arrested in December after a two-month investigation that began after the Dropbox online file-sharing service alerted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to Detective Chan McDade of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. McDade was the lead detective in the investigation.
Aycock faces five to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. He is scheduled to be sentenced in June.
Dropbox managers told the center for missing children that one of its users was storing and sharing sexually explicit material, McDade said. The IP address associated with the account was traced to a computer at New Hope Camp & Conference Center, a private camp in Orange County, and to a computer at Aycock’s home on camp property, according to McDade.
Orange County deputies searched the home and camp offices and seized desktop and laptop computers, digital cameras, a video camera, CDs full of photos, external hard drives, flash drives and other electronic devices.
McDade said videos and thousands of photos depicted children from under 5 to about 15 years old in sexual acts.
New Hope officials suspended Aycock in October when they learned of the allegations, and he later resigned. Officials said there was no evidence that children at the camp were depicted in the pornography.
McDade said Aycock remains in federal custody, and that no more arrests in the case are expected.