A Virginia man who taught preschoolers in Bethesda for several years was sentenced today in federal court to 14 years in prison for producing child pornography.
James Douglas Manring, 54, of Fredericksburg also received a 3-year term of supervised release. United States District Court Judge Claude M. Hilton handed down the sentence.
Manring pleaded guilty to the charges on Jan. 28, 2013. Court records reported that Manring filmed himself engaging in sexual activities with several of his students, who were around 5 years old. Manring made the videos while teaching at a preschool in Japan from 1996 to 1999, according to the court records. Manring first traveled to Japan in the mid-80’s. He had worked as a preschool teacher in Maryland before that.
In 1999, Manring returned to the United States, bringing DVDs of the pornography he had made with him, according to court records.
In the period between in or about 2000 and October 2012, Manring taught music lessons to children in his home and Japanese rhythm and movement at a preschool in Bethesda, according to court documents. The documents did not name the Bethesda preschool and court records do not include any allegations of abuse occurring there.
And then between April 2010 and February 2011, Manring bought more than 40 videos - for around $2,000 - which showed graphic and simulated videos of naked, younger boys, that were mailed from New York to Manring’s residence in Fredericksburg, according to the court records.
Manring is currently in the custody of U.S. Marshals in Alexandria, said Dickson J. Young, his attorney.
Joe Kane, of the Fredericksburg-area BANG! Music, where Manring worked on a contractual basis, called Manring “an excellent person.”
He first learned about Manring’s crimes after a postal inspector called while investigating Manring. The investigator didn’t say much, but said Manring wouldn’t be returning back to work.
Manring was well-loved and regarded by his students, Kane said, adding that federal authorities told him that there was no indication Manring had targeted any students while in the U.S.
“This is one tragic situation... where his brain was malformed,” Kane said.