Va. man sentenced to 14 years in jail for producing child porn

A former Maryland preschool teacher convicted of producing child pornography was sentenced to 14 years in prison Friday, prosecutors said.

James Douglas Manring, 54, of Fredericksburg, Va., had been accused of filming himself performing sex acts on preschool students in the late 1990s while he was teaching at a school in Japan, authorities said. He pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography in federal court in January, authorities said.

Investigators were first tipped to Manring as they investigated an international movie production company shipping child pornography into the United States, court records show. After they raided a New York facility containing some of the material, they found records indicating Manning had ordered 46 videos from April 2010 to February 2011, the records show.

The investigators then searched Manring’s house, and he admitted to abusing boys in Japan, according to the records. The investigators also found eight child porn DVDs that Manning himself produced, the records show.

Until his arrest late last year, Manning had been giving music lessons in his home and teaching at a preschool in Bethesda, prosecutors said. The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to identify that school.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.
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