Prince George’s Substitute Teacher Arrested on Child Porn Charges

Christopher H. Speights (Courtesy of Maryland State Police)

A Prince George’s County substitute teacher from Capitol Heights has been arrested and charged with child pornography, Maryland State Police announced Thursday.

Christopher H. Speights, 34, worked as a teacher and basketball coach at Bradbury Heights Elementary in Capitol Heights, police said.

Speights also has been and may still be employed as a coach for the South County Sports Academy, investigators learned.

State Police received information in December about Speights allegedly possessing pictures of child pornography on his computer that he received and distributed.

Speights faces six counts of possession and three counts of child pornography. Police said more charges are pending.

Prince George’s County Public Schools said it has severed ties with Speights and will “cooperate fully” with law enforcement during the investigation.

“Any behavior that brings harm to a child will not be tolerated in any way in PGCPS,” the schools system said in a statement. “Over the past year, we have made significant changes to increase student safety and remain committed to ensuring a quality education in a safe environment for all students.”

Anyone with information who may have had contact with Speights can call 410-953-8272.

About William J. Ford – Washington Informer Staff Writer 234 Articles
I decided I wanted to become a better writer while attending Bowie State University and figured that writing for the school newspaper would help. I’m not sure how much it helped, but I enjoyed it so much I decided to keep on doing it, which I still thoroughly enjoy 20 years later. If I weren’t a journalist, I would coach youth basketball. Actually, I still play basketball, or at least try to play, once a week. My kryptonite is peanut butter. What makes me happy – seeing my son and two godchildren grow up. On the other hand, a bad call made by an official during a football or basketball game makes me throw up my hands and scream. Favorite foods include pancakes and scrambled eggs which I could eat 24-7. The strangest thing that’s ever happened to me, or more accurately the most painful, was when I was hit by a car on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. If I had the power or money to change the world, I’d make sure everyone had three meals a day. And while I don’t have a motto or favorite quote, I continue to laugh which keeps me from driving myself crazy. You can reach me several ways: Twitter @jabariwill, Instagram will_iam.ford2281 or e-mail, wford@washingtoninformer.com