Fmr. foster parent charged for child porn

October 23, 2009 9:52:47 AM PDT
A former foster parent who has taken in more than 100 children and who operates a business specializing in photographing young children has been arrested on child pornography charges. Fifty-two-year-old Steven Hughes of Newark was arrested Thursday by state police. He was arraigned and committed after failing to post $300,000 cash bail.

New Castle County Police say Hughes, who also worked as Santa Claus impersonator advertising home visits, is charged with 10 counts of using a computer to unlawfully depict children in a prohibited sexual act.

Authorities say Hughes was arrested following a two-week undercover investigation targeting the online distribution of child pornography, and that a search of his home recovered evidence of hundreds of illegal images of children in various photographs.

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