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No local children appear in videos
Federal officials found no suspicious videos involving local children in search of pornographer's Stafford home.


Date published: 2/6/2013

BY PAMELA GOULD

THE FREE LANCE-STAR

Federal officers investigating child pornography allegations against James Douglas Manring reviewed every video found in a search of his Stafford County home last fall.

That review found nothing suspicious regarding any local children, the U.S. Postal Service inspector heading the investigation said Tuesday.

Federal agents served a search warrant at Manring's home in southern Stafford on Oct. 3 as part of an investigation into the use of the U.S. mail to transport materials that exploit children.

They seized multiple computers, DVDs, VHS tapes and film reels from his residence, according to a federal affidavit filed in court.

Investigators conducted forensic analysis of the computers and DVDs and discovered about eight DVDs that contained child pornography produced by Manring using a handheld video camera, the affidavit states.

Manring, who goes by Doug, pleaded guilty Jan. 28 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to two counts of producing child pornography. He is in federal custody awaiting sentencing on April 19 and faces a minimum of 20 years in prison.

He admitted to sexually abusing children at the Remei Hoikuen School, a preschool in Japan where he worked from 1985-1999, federal court records show.

The abuse depicted in Manring's videos is believed to have occurred between 1996 and 1999, and involves boys and girls believed to be about 5 years old.

Federal authorities have contacted Interpol in attempts to locate and identify those victims, according to the Postal Service inspector, who asked not to be named because some of her duties require her to work undercover.

Though the children in the pornographic videos are Asian, the inspector said Manring's attraction was based on age, not ethnicity.

Manring "was interviewed by agents and admitted to having a 'huge' sexual attraction to children and described himself as a 'pedophile'," the affidavit states.

As part of his plea agreement, Manring forfeited 60 DVDs.

CONTACT WITH CHILDREN

Manring, 54, had contact with children in the Fredericksburg region in a variety of roles between 2000 and his arrest in November.

He taught music part-time at Odyssey Montessori School, then located in Falmouth, for about three years, ending in 2004, according to his Facebook page, his website and a statement from the school.

He then worked at The Merit School of Prince William in Woodbridge through the end of September.


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