CAPITOL HEIGHTS A 34-year-old Capitol Heights man who is a Prince George's County substitute elementary school teacher and basketball coach was arrested Thursday morning by Maryland State Police and charged with child pornography.
State troopers from the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit arrested Christopher H. Speights of the 5900 block of Applegarth Place and charged him with distribution of child pornography and six counts of possession of child pornography, as well as other charges.
Speights has been a substitute teacher at Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights for nine years as well as a coach with the South County Sports Academy in Fort Washington.
Prince George's County Public Schools issued a statement saying they are cooperating with the investigation and that Speights “will no longer serve the school district.”
“Any behavior that brings harm to a child will not be tolerated in any way in PGCPS. Over the past year, we have made significant changes to increase student safety and remain committed to ensuring a quality education in a safe environment for all students,” the statement said.
Officials have not determined at this time whether the children or locations in the video are ones Speight had access to in his roles as teacher and coach.
According to Maryland State Police officials, this case came to their attention in December 2016, when investigators from the Computer Crimes Unit received information from Dropbox, a cloud storage provider, about an individual using the service to distribute images and videos believed to be child pornography. The investigation, conducted alongside agents from Homeland Security, resulted in a search warrant for Speights's residence in Capitol Heights, which was served on Thursday morning.
The search warrant led to the recovery of several electronic devices belonging to Speights. A preliminary forensic examination of those devices revealed several videos containing child pornography. A complete examination of the devices will be conducted at the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit Forensic Laboratory.
The Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division is continuing the investigation. Anyone with information about the Speights or concerns about contact their child may have had with him is urged to contact investigators at 410-953-8272.