- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) - A 21-year-old man was charged Thursday with producing child pornography by taking photos of boys in a locker room while working at a day camp in suburban Detroit.

Matthew Kuppe was fired as a counselor at the Jewish Community Center, which operates camps in West Bloomfield and Oak Park.

“We have a general idea of how many victims there are, but we want to make sure there’s not more,” said Curt Lawson, deputy police chief in West Bloomfield. “It’s not like 50, but we don’t want to say how many at this point.”

Kuppe appeared in federal court in Detroit and will remain in custody until a bond hearing Tuesday. His attorney didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

“This defendant had access to a large number of children and we would like to conduct interviews and look at evidence,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward said.

The investigation began with a tip about photos of young boys on a foreign website. In a court filing, agents said they confronted Kuppe and he admitted posting cellphone photos.

Activities at the Jewish Community Center include swimming and soccer.

“We are cooperating fully with the police in their investigation,” spokesman Michael Layne said. “We are communicating with the parents of our program participants.”


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