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Howard Co. gymnastics coach to remain detained before child porn trial

Posted at 8:07 PM, Jun 22, 2016

A Howard County gymnastics coach charged in federal court with possessing and distributing child pornography will remain in police custody while awaiting trial, court documents show.

Paul Daniel Bollinger, 56, of Windsor Mill could spend at least 20 years in prison if he is convicted.

At a detention hearing Wednesday, U.S.  Magistrate Judge Mark J. Coulson concluded after weighing Bollinger’s distribution charge in addition to his admission that his activities with child pornography are “an obsession he can’t control,” that Bollinger poses a “risk of safety to the community.”

Last month, an undercover Baltimore County Police detective downloaded at least 10 movie files from Bollinger's IP address that contained child pornography.  On May 25, investigators executed a state search warrant at Bollinger's residence and seized a desktop computer, hard drives and other digital media that contained more than 47,000 images and videos of child pornography, child modeling and child erotica. 

Next to Bollinger's bed, detectives found over 100 pages of handwritten stories about "P" having sex with young children. 

He was charged last month in Baltimore County with possessing and distributing child porn.