LOUDOUN CRIME

Ex-School Social Worker Charged With Producing Child Porn

By Candace Rondeaux
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, June 24, 2006

A former Loudoun County school social worker was charged Thursday with producing child pornography and multiple counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, nearly 18 months after he fled the state after his arrest on related sex offenses.

The charges come more than a year after Franklin Todd England, 40, who worked briefly for the school system and was a former counselor at the county's juvenile jail, was first arrested in November 2004. Authorities charged England then with two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child after he allegedly exchanged letters containing sexual content with a 13-year-old boy.

England, who also once worked as a substance abuse adviser for the county's mental health department, met the 13-year-old while he was being held at the juvenile jail, according to authorities and court records. The 13-year-old and two other teenagers said they had exchanged letters and phone calls with England.

England fled the state shortly after his release on a $5,000 bond on those charges and did not appear for his next court hearing. He surfaced briefly in New Orleans but was on the run for months before police in San Francisco caught up with him June 5, said Kraig Troxell, a Loudoun sheriff's spokesman.

At the time of England's 2004 arrest, sheriff's investigators seized a computer from his Leesburg home, along with several videotapes, photo albums with images of naked men, letters and a sex toy, according to court documents. Authorities declined to say whether that seizure formed the basis of the new charges.

Schools spokesman Wayde B. Byard said England worked for the school system for two months. He generally worked with students in group discussions about anger management and substance abuse issues, Byard said. A routine background check conducted by the school system before England was hired showed no problems. He counseled students at Sugarland and Rolling Ridge elementary schools, Seneca Ridge Middle School, Park View High School and the county's alternative Douglass School.

Byard said yesterday that the school system placed England on administrative leave when the allegations arose, and his employment has since been terminated.

On Thursday, England was extradited to Loudoun, where authorities charged him with possession of child pornography, production of child pornography and five counts of taking indecent liberties.

England was being held without bond yesterday in the Loudoun jail.


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