A longtime Fairfax County music teacher was arrested Saturday at a community center and accused of secretly videotaping young boys as they undressed in the locker room, police said yesterday.
Richard E. Crane Jr., 43, the band director at Langston Hughes Middle School in Reston, was arrested at the Oak Marr Recreation Center in the Oakton area and charged with producing child pornography, police said. At the time of his arrest, Crane told officers he had videotaped boys age 10 and younger at several county recreation centers over the past year, according to court documents.
Crane, who has worked for Fairfax County schools since 1988, is on unpaid leave while school officials conduct an investigation, said schools spokesman Paul Regnier. Crane has been at Langston Hughes since 2001 and before that taught music classes at several county elementary schools, Regnier said.
In a letter informing parents of the arrest, school officials said police have told them there is no indication that Crane engaged in improper behavior on school property.
Officer Bud Walker, a Fairfax police spokesman, said there is no indication that Crane had sexual contact with a child.
Fairfax police said they were called to the Oak Marr Recreation Center about 6 p.m. Saturday after someone called to report a suspicious person in the men's locker room. Officers arrived to find Crane getting dressed in the locker room. When he was approached, he said, "I know why you're here," according to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court.
Detective Brian S. Colligan wrote in the affidavit that Crane had a video camera containing a tape with images of boys who were not fully dressed. Crane told Colligan that he had at least two other such tapes at his home, the affidavit states. Crane told police he was not sexually involved with any child.
Crane told Colligan that he had received some child pornography over the Internet but that he never shared his videotapes, the affidavit states.
During a search of Crane's house Sunday, police seized DVDs, videotapes, magazines, photos and a computer.
School officials said that before coming to Langston Middle School, Crane taught music classes at Graham Road Elementary School, Pine Spring Elementary School, Fairhill Elementary School and Camelot Elementary School.
A Fairfax sheriff's spokesman said Crane was released from jail yesterday on $10,000 bond. Crane did not return phone calls to his Burke home.
Staff writer Tom Jackman contributed to this report.