Chapel Hill News

June 14, 2014

Former Orange County camp counselor gets 10 years on child-porn conviction

A former Orange County camp counselor was sentenced Tuesday to just over 10 years in federal prison on a child pornography charge.

A former Orange County camp counselor was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years and three months on a federal child pornography charge.

Bruce Howard Aycock, 35, of 103 Groomsbridge Court, Chapel Hill, was convicted in February in federal criminal court in Greensboro of one felony count of receiving child pornography. He will serve his sentence in a federal penitentiary, said his attorney, Donald Dickerson.

A second charge of distributing child pornography was dismissed at the sentencing hearing, court records show. Dickerson said Aycock also submitted to a court-ordered psychosexual evaluation.

He will serve 20 years of supervised probation, register as a sex offender and meet other electronics-related requirements after his release, Dickerson said.

Orange County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Aycock on Dec. 16.

Investigators looked into the case for two months after receiving a cybertip from the State Bureau of Investigation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Aycock reportedly used a Dropbox account to store and share child pornography. Dropbox is an online file storage and sharing service.

Investigators seized records in October from Dropbox and Yahoo. They also searched Aycock’s former home and office, both of which are located at Camp New Hope, off N.C. 86 between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough.

Investigators said they don’t think the case involved local children.

Richard Stevens, executive director of New Hope Camp & Conference Center, suspended Aycock immediately after learning about the charges. Aycock, who had worked at the camp for five years, then resigned, Stevens said.

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