Grants man in child porn ring case pleads not guilty
Posted at: 09/13/2012 8:53 AM
By: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico man charged in a child pornography ring and who authorities have said talked about raping and cooking children has pleaded not guilty in federal court.
Richard Dates entered his plea Wednesday in Albuquerque after being indicted on two counts of possessing child pornography.
The 67-year-old was arrested last month for possessing child pornography in a case that began in Massachusetts with the arrest of a Sheraton hotel manager.
That child porn ring investigation has led to 46 arrests in seven countries. Defense attorney John Samore said the public should defer any judgment on his client and allow the legal process to sort out the case.
Dates, a former Cibola Beacon reporter, worked as a science teacher in New Mexico and a tutor in the Chicago area.
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