Prince George's school bus driver is charged with producing child porn

Scott Smallwood, 27.
Scott Smallwood, 27. (Courtesy of Prince George's County Police Department)
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By Maria Glod and Michael Birnbaum
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Prince George's County school bus driver was charged with producing child pornography after he left a memory card containing digital photos of a 7-year-old boy on a convenience store counter, federal authorities said Monday.

Scott Smallwood, 27, of Upper Marlboro was arrested May 21. Prince George's schools spokesman Darrell Pressley said that Smallwood had been employed as a driver since 2005 and that he has been placed on leave. Pressley said he did not know which schools were on Smallwood's routes. Federal authorities said his routes included elementary schools.

According to court documents, the investigation started March 15 when a man found a memory card on the counter of a 7-Eleven on Coventry Way in Clinton.

Within an hour, the customer called Prince George's police and told them that the card contained videos of a man sexually assaulting a young boy.

Investigators eventually identified the boy and Smallwood from the videos, according to court records. On May 21, the boy told Prince George's social service workers that Smallwood was his "night" bus driver and someone who "took him to church," the records say. It was not immediately clear whether Smallwood knew the boy from a school route.

The boy told officials that he had "sleepovers" with Smallwood and that Smallwood offered him candy, the documents say.

Smallwood acknowledged to federal agents that he had "several inappropriate contacts" with the boy, the documents say. He also told agents that he took the memory card out of his cellphone to destroy it but then lost it.

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