The former chairman of the Moore County school board asked investigators to shoot him dead when he was arrested at his home on charges of distributing child pornography, a federal agent testified at a preliminary hearing Wednesday.
The agent testified that David Camp, 44, of Lynchburg was arrested July 2 on charges of sending sexually explicit images of young boys and young girls, some showing them involved in sex acts, to a Web site that was being monitored by agents in Los Angeles.
Camp's attorney, Brandon Raulston of Chattanooga, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Woods declined to comment after Camp was returned to custody pending a Friday bond hearing.
Camp was Moore County's school board chairman from October 2005 until September 2008.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jonathan Hendrix also said Camp told investigators he had been sending such images for about five years and had sent 10 to 20 the night before his arrest. Hendrix said compact discs and videos containing child porn were seized at the residence.
Hendrix testified there was no evidence that Camp personally created any of the images. Hendrix said the Web site also has a chat room where Camp wrote that he had sexual contact with a young girl.
"He was cooperative," Hendrix said of the interview before Camp was arrested and handcuffed. "At the end of the evening he asked us to shoot him, just to kill him."
Camp did not speak at the hearing. Woods told U.S. Magistrate Bill Carter that the case will be presented to a grand jury July 14.
Moore County schools director Chad Moorehead said Wednesday that he and board members were stunned by the arrest. Moorehead said the family's friends and acquaintances in the south-central Tennessee county of about 6,000 residents are praying for Moore and his family.
"I think I can speak for the board that we are all very shocked," Moorehead said in a telephone interview. "Our concern is for David and his family."
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