Former camp director faces federal child porn charges

Dec. 19, 2013 @ 05:16 PM

For five years, Bruce Howard Aycock worked at the New Hope Camp in Orange County, most recently as a program director.

The day camp offers programs for children 7 and older.
On Wednesday, after a two-month investigation, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrested Aycock, 34, on federal charges of receiving child pornography and distribution of child pornography.
He resigned before those charges were filed. Sheriff’s investigator Chan McDade indicated on Thursday that Aycock did not victimize any children who attended the camp.
A “cybertip” to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led investigators to Aycock, who allegedly received and distributed pornographic material – featuring some children under the age of 5 -- through his Dropbox account. According to warrants sworn out in October, Aycock used aliases including “Bruce McLean” and “merlin2000.”
His car features a license plate that reads “MERLIN1” and, among the computer equipment seized through the warrants, Aycock had thumb drives labeled “Sir Gawain” and “Sir Bors” after Knights of the Round Table from Arthurian legend.
Investigators also seized several computers and digital cameras, dozens of compact discs containing photographs and a leather-bound journal with a Leonardo DaVinci drawing on the cover.
They confiscated equipment from Aycock’s office at the camp in Chapel Hill and from his home, which was on camp property. His current home address is now listed on Groomsbridge Court in Chapel Hill.
He was held in federal custody in the Guilford County Jail on Thursday. No bond had been set.
The investigation continues into the circulation of the pornographic material, McDade said.
“As for other suspects, we are trying to identify them, but it is difficult to do,” he said.

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