William F. Blackhall, Ex-School Music Booster, Pleads Not Guilty to Possessing Child Porn

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A former official with an Ohio high school's music booster club pleaded not guilty in Orange County Superior Court this week to possessing child pornography.

William F. Blackhall , 50, of Columbus, Ohio, was arrested in Newport Beach in July when a colleague on a business trip alerted authorities there was child porn on Blackhall's laptop.

An Orange County Sheriff's Department investigation uncovered more than 1,000 pictures, images and videos of young boys engaged in sexual conduct with other young boys, according to authorities.

Blackhall was arrested on July 25 and released after posting a $20,000 bond. He had been the volunteer vice president of the Hilliard Darby High School Music Boosters until Aug. 2, when school officials were notified of his arrest in California.

The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) filed one felony count of possession and control of child pornography against him in late August. He pleaded not guilty on Monday and has a pre-trial hearing up next in October.

He faces up to three years in state prison with a conviction, according to the OCDA.

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