POMPANO BEACH

School photographer faces child porn charges

 

cteproff@MiamiHerald.com

A photographer whose portfolio includes sporting events, portraits and dances at several Broward schools was arrested this week on charges of hiring a 15-year-old prostitute and possessing child pornography.

Doug Eaton, 48, was arrested Thursday after police found seven pornographic images of young girls on his computer, according to the report from the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Investigators went to his Pompano Beach home armed with a search warrant after a complaint that Eaton had hired an escort service and had sex with a 15-year-old girl for $180.

He remained in Broward main jail late Friday on a $101,000 bond, facing two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a victim 12-16 years old, one count of procuring a person under 18 for prostitution, seven counts of possessing child pornography and one count of using a computer to collect child pornography.

According to the arrest report, “Eaton admitted to stumbling across the images on the Internet while searching for porn and admitted to downloading them and saving them to a folder on his computer called ‘APO Tech.’ ”

“He admitted to saving pornographic images from the Internet when he finds them to be ‘attractive,’ ” the arresting detective wrote in the report.

According to the Broward Public School District, Eaton was an approved vendor and could be hired by schools, but did not have a districtwide contract.

Schools spokeswoman Tracy Clark said officials don’t know how many schools or events his company, Doug’s Photography, handled. But his vendor approval with the district has been revoked.

BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella said there was “no information that indicates that he was inappropriate with any children he encountered through his work.”

“We want to take this opportunity to make sure that parents and schools know who he is,” she said.

All school vendors go through a lengthy background check before they are approved to do business with schools, Clark said.

Eaton had no criminal history, Moschella said. “This is the first time law enforcement has become aware of him.”

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