Delaware man indicted on child porn charges

WILMINGTON, Del. - August 3, 2011

The indictment of Harold Springer on Tuesday comes just a day before the announcement that an international child porn ring has been busted.

There is no indication Springer was part of that network, but he is accused of having roughly 2,000 images of child porn.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations moved in on Springer's Wilmington, Delaware home last month.

They confiscated computer equipment allegedly used to transport, receive and possess child pornography.

Action News went to Springer's home on North Harrison Street, where a man answered the door, but refused to answer any questions.

But the allegations against the 73-year-old had neighbors sounding off.

"73-years old? I didn't know anything about it. I'm surprised, and it's a shame," said neighbor Earl Green.

"2,000 images? 2,000! You just offended me," said Armon Hart. "I had my daughter out here earlier. He could've been taking pictures of my kids! Shocking."

There was very little to be learned of Springer through his neighbors.

Authorities say he was once the executive director of the Children's Beach House in Lewes, Delaware, a non-profit that helps children with special needs.

The current director tells Action News, Springer retired 8 years ago.

The non-profit also says it was aware of the investigation and cooperated with the investigator, and there is no evidence that any of their children were victimized.

If convicted, Springer faces five years to life behind bars.

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