Sunday, May 18, 2003

Teacher accused in child porn case



The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - A Louisville teacher has been charged with receiving child pornography following a U.S. Postal Service investigation.

David L. Meredith, 43, was arrested Thursday at his apartment after postal inspectors delivered five videotapes to him depicting children engaged in sexually explicit activity, according to an affidavit filed with Meredith's arrest warrant in U.S. District Court.

Inspectors also searched Meredith's residence and seized images of child pornography that appear to have been printed from his home computer, according to the affidavit.

Meredith, who teaches choir at Highland Middle School, appeared in court Friday. He was ordered held until a detention hearing on Monday.

Federal prosecutors have asked that he be held without bond.

Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman Lauren Roberts said that if Meredith is released, he will be reassigned to an administrative job and will have no teaching duties while the case is pending. A conviction would be grounds for termination, she said.

Meredith has worked for Jefferson County schools since 1981. His employment records indicate no previous problems, Roberts said.

The investigation of Meredith began after postal authorities in Florida investigating an alleged child pornography distributor found his name on documents showing he had made at least six purchases from the distributor.

The affidavit said that on April 8, postal inspectors mailed a catalog and order form to Meredith, which explicitly offered child pornography for sale. On April 18, postal inspectors received an order from Meredith for five videotapes depicting children in sexually explicit activity and a money order for $450, the affidavit said.

The maximum penalty for the offense is 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.




SPECIAL REPORT: OHIO'S LOST MONEY
Money's gone, Ohio gets little back
Lawsuits, new laws might help crackdown
Wasted money? It all depends
Who's accountable?
Weak contracts waste tax money

TOP LOCAL HEADLINES
Family, friends mourn slain soldier
Cincinnati Wing spreads smiles
Officials shun forum on race
Insanity verdicts hard to swallow

ENQUIRER COLUMNS
PULFER: Mammograms matter of life and death
SMITH-AMOS: Drug dealers ticked off by complaints
BRONSON: Justified shooting by a 'guardian angel'

CINCINNATI-HAMILTON COUNTY
Bells fill empty church tower
Lack of indictment draws reaction

AROUND THE TRISTATE
Tristate A.M. Report
Meeting set for west side
Good News: Cartoonist's work adorns art fair poster
Obituary: Marla Kimbrew Love involved in community groups
Obituary: Corwin Roush taught science at New Richmond
In search of perfect kids
Calling top graduates

OHIO
Ohio Moments: Reds open Crosley Field
Bicentennial Notebook: Rail club shows role in history
$750K due for crash blamed on turtle
Dems hope for inspiration from mayors

KENTUCKY
Teacher accused in child porn case
Teen admits killing student for $6
Louisville duo hopes to end Israeli occupation