Gymnastics coach pleads guilty to distribution of child pornography

Posted at 9:53 PM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 06:19:00-05

Youth gymnastics coach Paul Daniel Bollinger, 57, pleaded guilty Monday to distribution of child pornography.

Bollinger worked as a youth gymnastics coach in Maryland for over 30 years prior to his arrest.

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According to his plea agreement, on May 15, 2016 Bollinger distributed computer files containing videos of child pornography. An undercover Baltimore County police detective downloaded files containing child pornography that Bollinger had distributed.

Investigators executed a state warrant at Bollinger's residence on May 25, 2016. Investigators seized a desktop computer, hard drives and other digital media which contained over 40,000 image files and 100 video files of child pornography. Next to Bollinger's bed, detectives found over 100 pages of handwritten stories about an adult male having sex with young children. 

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Bollinger characterized his involvement with child pornography as an obsession and that he had been viewing child porn since 1990, according to his plea agreement. He said he prefers female children aged 8 to 12 years, the same age group of girls he coached. He denied any inappropriate contact with children. 

He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for distributing child pornography.

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