Child porn suspect accused of taking photos of interns

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A Silver Spring man has been charged with distributing child pornography and taking photos of interns at the nonprofit where he worked.

Marc Edward Gange, 34, is accused of sending child pornography to an undercover D.C. police officer that he met in a chat room last month frequented by people interested in incest and having sex with children, charging documents state.

According to court papers, Gange thought he was communicating with a man who was sexually abusing his 12-year-old daughter.

Gange, who worked as a program officer at the World Wildlife Fund, wrote about the interns at his workplace, including one female who left her panties in a desk drawer as part of her workout clothing.

Gange said he took the panties for his own use, documents said.

He then sent the undercover detective a photo of the intern as well as her underwear, documents said. In return, he asked for nude photos of the undercover detective's purported daughter, court papers said.

Over a six-day period, Gange sent numerous pictures of girls and young women that he purportedly had taken himself.

On Nov. 27, the two men then messaged about meeting for lunch at a restaurant at the Gallery Place/Chinatown area to discuss their mutual interest.

"Love the mall ... Love to hang out outside the Victoria's Secret and watch teens go in," Gange wrote, documents said.

Gange told the undercover cop that he could bring a collection of child pornography, documents allege.

"You able to bring your stuff to work safely?" the undercover officer asked.

"Yeah ... flash drive," Gange responded.

In all, Gange passed along 79 images depicting child pornography, documents said.

Gange was arrested last week by a task force made up of FBI agents and D.C. police officers.

He was charged with distributing child pornography, a crime that carries a penalty of five to 20 years in prison for those convicted.

Gange's attorneys declined to comment about the case on Friday. Steve Ertel, a spokesperson for the World Wildlife Fund, said Friday that Gange was let go from the conservation organization after his arrest.

The charge against Gange comes a week after the task force arrested an FBI analyst in a similar undercover sting.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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